Brits In LA Newsletter Oct 23 2013

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Editor's Letter

Hi Breeps!

October just keeps getting better and better for me. Earlier in the year the British Community rallied round and helped me make a short film. 206 people pledged to see and Marc Cleary make Pepper. 

And so many Brits in LA members got involved in the filmmaking process too, from appearing as background and/or Production assisting on the set. Well everybody got to celebrate on Tuesday night in WEHO at one of the best gay bars in town - Rage (8911 Santa Monica Boulevard, West hollywood) Home of the Dreamgirls drag show starring our lead actor Scott Kaske. We projected the movie in the main room and showed it simultaneously on the TV screens. The film got an amazing reception and everybody celebrated with cocktails afterwards with a special performance by Scott doing his thing in the Dreamgirls show. 

I’m so proud of the team effort and was lucky with the cast and crew we got. Big shout out to Marc Cleary the writer, my co-director and co-producer without none of this would have been possible. Love ya brother.

Another first for me last week was a baseball game. I managed to score tickets to see the Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals so took my good friend and Brits in LA member Marc Coneely. Also a Baseball virgin. We went in to Dodgers stadium blindly and came out true fans.- luckily we had a pro on hand, my good friend Lyndsey Clough who taught us all we need to know and it was one hell of a game. Aloe Blacc sang the national anthem which gave me chills and of course we were seating in the all-u-can-eat section and chowed down on the famous dodger dogs and supped on giant sized cans of Mexican beer. And the game itself was electrifying with the Dodgers winning the very important game 6-4. The crowd was intense and behind the home team all the way waving their dodger towels and chanting GO GO DODGERS. 

On Friday they played again but on the Cardinals turf and lost 9-0. I guess it’s true what they say about the roar of the crowd helping the team. Our sports writer Steve Sidelnyk was there too and wrote a match report for us which is on our blog ( and Steve has a big birthday coming up next month so a big shout out to him. 

Our facebook wall has been alight with talks of British chocolates and where to get them. Our favourite store Oh Fancy That (18399 Ventura Boulevard, Ste 11, Tarzana, CA 91356) stocks everything including some of my favourites - Flakes, Fryes Turkish Delight and Maltesers. And also Bed, Bath and Beyond have started to carry Quality Street. Just in time for those trick or treaters. 

And a debate about Obama Care and how it affects us all coming January. 

Member Adam Beach as already helped countless Brits in LA members get affordable insurance and whether you are for it or not, come January every US resident must carry insurance or they will have to pay a large penalty at the end of the year. To find out more information you can reach him on 310 414 2100 or email him at to get more information or get into an affordable plan.

We are so excited about our “Dead British” Halloween Party on Oct 31st at Bar Lubitsch (7702 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA) This year the event is sponsored by Volkswagen Santa Monica - An LA car Guy dealership and Beltran Brito Immigration Attorneys. This year we have a best dressed competition, a really cool photo-booth, Pizza, nibbly-bits and a free special Halloween cocktail with each ticket. We are a hop skip and a jump from the parade too. Which if you’ve never done before is a must-do. Adults in LA go all out - who says dress up is just for kids? and if our last party was anything to go by, ours is sure to be the best party in town. Tickets are only $25 and are on sale at here  

Calling all British Actors
Are you, were you, or are you eligible to join British Equity?
We have a free reception happening Nov 5th also at Bar Lubitsch. Space is very limited so  please make sure you RSVP here.

We look forward to seeing you all there. Also some very exciting news for all Dr. Who fans next week. so stay tuned.

Till then have a great week and keep calm and carry on!


We are always being asked about good dentists and I 'd like to introduce you to  Dr. Nicolas A. Ravon and Dr. Kimberley Knopf.
Who are offering  Special Offers exclusively for Brits in LA Members!

At-Home Bleaching with Custom trays and 2 tubes Bleaching product $99
Dental Prophy and Bite-wing check-up x-rays and comprehensive Exam $99
Invisalign $3900 
(must be free of active decay and infection), 
case must be approved by treating doctor.
All of these deals are applicable to insurance patients.

Click here to visit their website and book an appointment.
Or if your preferred method of contact is the telephone, you can also reach their office by calling 310-275-5325

Jenny Eloise Rieu
Click above to find out what brought Jenny stateside

Don't forget to check our website Britsin.LA for all the info for upcoming Brit acts performing in or around LA, visit our gigging page

Thinking of moving to L.A. and need a visa or a green card?
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


Click here for full details
Runs from Oct 22nd - Oct 26th

We set up a Job Opportunities page, 
so if you have a vacancy or need some work please post it here
If you have something to sell you should check out our Selling Pages
And for housing click here

Try and join us for our weekly Twitter chat along with BBCAmerica's Mind the Gap and Virgin Atlantic. We have now moved to Wednesdays at 11 am PST. You can find us by clicking on this hashtag #mindthechat

Contact Evan Bolton if you are interested in leasing or purchasing a vehicle from Audi Pacific . 
For those of you with no established credit, make sure to mention you are interested in the 
Foreign Business Professional Leasing Plan

We're football Crazy, We're football mad
photo courtesy of C.Young
It is Premier League time check out our 
Steve 'sidekick' Sidelnyk is our new sports correspondent!!! 
Read his column now! New one out every Friday.

As a Brit in LA you are bound to want to arrive at your next event in style?! Halloween, Toscars 2014, Britannia Awards? Or  send one to the airport to pick your mum up next time she visits. She will start her  trip to Hollywood in an excellent fashion!

In which case you can't go wrong with booking this classy stretch Town Car.
Your chauffeur Paul is a fellow Brit, and is looking forward to driving you to your next event.
Contact him via email or call 310-770-8845
Mention Brits in LA to secure the best rate! Brits looking after Brits!!
( But of course he drives non Brits too!) 

Missing Home? Then you need to check our Back to Jack  
written by our very own Lisa Marks   

Our go to health insurance guy Adam Beach now can help you with Auto Insurance!


Queen Mary on Goldstar 

The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor With Multiple Haunted Mazes

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at The Pikey
Sunday November 3rd - Full details here
KEY MEMBERS Discount 25% off entire tab for you and a guest. 

Our monthly pub quiz at The Pikey is proving rather popular, so have decided to make this a weekly event. Team 'Our House' won for the second time in a row, so if you think you have what it takes to knock them off their pedestal come join us on a Tuesday night, starting in November. Not all questions are based on British knowledge, in fact it pays to have a couple of non Brits on your team!

As you know our Halloween party, Dead British 2 is imminent, October 31st to be precise. Tickets are selling fast. Click on this link to purchase yours. Location is Bar Lubitsch, which is the perfect location for those of you who want to check out the West Hollywood Parade and far enough away for those of you who don't.
We will have a spooky photo booth, fortune tellers and costume competitions - 
your ticket price also includes a Halloween tipple. only $25 



"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
1st Session is Free!
As a producer / agent in the UK, Paul Duddridge represented some of the biggest names in entertainment. Michael Mcintyre, Rob Brydon etc. He is now one of the most sought after acting coaches in Los Angeles with a reputation for turning around careers.
He helps numerous actors, comedians, directors etc with acting, coaching and visas.
First consultation is free. Mention BRITSINLA for a 25% discount. visit
Great deal from Yogaworks for Brits in LA members
$100 sign up fee waived plus one free weeks trial ! If you choose to continue after your 1 free week you will get a discount on the monthly fee. Prices vary from location to location but will be about $15 off (except Santa Monica locations and Studio City, at this time) 
Visit their website to find a location near you. And don't forget to print off this flyer to get this fab deal !


Go check out British Photographer Nick Brandt's exhibit at Fahey/Klein Gallery
148 North La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036  P: (323) 934-2250 F: (323) 934-4243
Amazing life size images, incredibly stunning work

Thru Nov 17
Tickets here

Humor Abuse
Performed by Lorenzo Pisoni 
Directed by Erica Schmidt
Mark Taper Forum
Thru – Nov 3, 2013      
Run away and join the circus with a clown, his dad and a lifetime of memories.
“90 minutes of nonstop hilarity…a tour de force of physical comedy.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Life lessons fly fast and funny for Lorenzo Pisoni when he joins the family business – San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus – at the age of six, earning his clown college stripes (and polka dots) through on-the-job training with his exacting father as his role model, guru and comic foil.
In his autobiographical Humor Abuse, Pisoni is a one-man whirlwind: spinning stories like plates and performing side-splitting physical feats with aplomb, mixing heart and humor in a tenderly rendered homage to the consummate performer, parent and perfectionist who taught him everything he needed to fill some very big shoes.
“Mr. Pisoni’s performance is breathtaking,” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

Julian Sands in

A Celebration of Harold Pinter

Directed by John Malkovich

It’s a season of celebration at The Broad Stage. So welcome to an engrossing celebration of world-renowned Nobel prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter whose influential writing career spanned fifty years. British film and stage actor Julian Sands presents an extremely personal and unusual tribute to a passionate, opinionated, and enigmatic man he personally knew. John Malkovich directs this portrait of Pinter where the intimacy of The Broad Stage serves as the perfect salon for Sands’ respect and admiration for this iconic author.
Call 310.434.3200 to reserve your seats today!

 1 evening with 2 brilliant women! 
Helen Fielding and Carrie Fisher on Bridget Jones
Friday November 1st
Get Tickets here - only $25 !

Morrissey also has a book out read about it here
Member Sandro monetti at Morissey's last gig
General release November 6th
Click here for details

Top honors at the 57th BFI London Film Festival went to Pawel Pawlikowski‘s Poland-set Holocaust drama Ida, adding to the FIPRESCI International Critics’ Award the pic collected at Toronto. Pawlikowski previously won the BAFTA for his Last Resort and My Summer Of Love. Last month Music Box Films picked up North American rights to Idawhich will hit theaters in early 2014. 

 Register here 


Designer Zandra Rhodes is featured at a luncheon program in Pasadena on
Saturday, October 26, at 12:30 pm.  The event is presented by
Pasadena Museum of History in conjunction with its current exhibition 
Wedding fashions and history, 1950 to present (which includes a gown by Ms. Rhodes). 
Complete details here

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 is in a play!
Runs through till Novemebr 24th
Get tickets here


Gardenia Restaurant & Lounge
October 25th & 26th
7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
$15 cover
Dinner/Show Reservations: (323) 467 7444
The smash hit Brits in LA/Toscars stage musical 'Miserable Lesbians' is returning to LA for a special encore performance - this time with more 'lesbians!' Ahead of the Les Mis parody's London West End debut in December, the show will be presented at Hollywood's Working Stage Theatre on Sunday November 17 at 3pm. You can book tickets, priced $15 each, at this link and better do so quickly as the previous shows in New York, LA and Edinburgh all sold out very fast. This LA show welcomes 3 new cast members from BLA, Dana Barbir as Miley Lesbus, Caroline Feraday as Mistress of the House and Ione Butler as Eppynine alongside returning Mis Les stalwarts Nadia Wit Katie Amess Kerstin Alm Anthony Wemyss and Sandro Monetti. Written and directed by SandroMonetti. Composed by Michael Daniel. "Hilarious" - Mail on Sunday  "Silliness with a social message" - Wall Street Journal   "Bonkers!" - British Weekly
Image courtesy of Fiona Domenica
Curated by Brits in LA members Fiona Domenica and Jesse Boyd
Sunday November 3rd at The Parlour in Hollywood
Rare performance by Prettydead Ferrari
Click here for full details

Want to go to the famous Magic Castle?
Brits in LA David Minkin is performing there next month (Nov -25th - December 1st)
and has extended an invitation to all of you! It is an invite only venue, so feel very lucky to have an 'in' ! Click here for full details.
Make sure to follow the dress code to the letter! 
If you can't wait to see David perform his magic tricks then you are in luck! His show,  Magic & Wine is on through to November 9th at Bardot, in Hollywood.
October shows are sold out but still some available for November. 
Get your tickets by clicking here 

is currently on tour in the UK! 
Get your tickets here and send her our love!

Click here for ticket info 

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where to watch?!

The following pubs usually show the games.
Call in advance to confirm. 

have said they will even open for the early ones 
if you want to round up a group! 
If we have missed any pubs , please let us know and 
we will happily add to the list below. 

Cat and Fiddle - Hollywood (323) 468-3800
Cock 'n Bull - Santa Monica (310) 399-9696
Fox & Hound - Studio City (818) 763-7837
The Kings Head - Studio City (818) 990-9055
Ye Olde Kings Head - Santa Monica (310) 451-1402
Rock and Reilly's  - West Hollywood (310) 360-1400
Village Idiot - Hollywood (323) 655-3331
White Harte- Woodland Hills (818) 224-3822

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 The Patriates FC 
Made up of Brits in LA members!
Don't forget to like LA Premier League on Facebook
and click here for their match schedule. 

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 

Don't get frazzled with your book-keeping have a 
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Lisa has helped many Brits in LA members with their book keeping needs 

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She is amazing!

 The events of the past few weeks   has been bit overwhelming and  you will probably not  .Its Mercury going backwards time so let go of any thing not working  in your life and if you relax life will be sweeter .This week begins your new year start it with a Happy Birthday.

Take the bull by the horns and this week ahead should be the right time If you have any financial situation pending  get moving .While you waiting for results keep busy helping others is a tonic for both parties.

If you are hanging on waiting for some kind of decision from another don’t wait .Take action on your own behalf and make the result you are looking for .You are the motivating force now in a good way.

 Well what will happen in life if you sit around and wait for something to happen .Go out and make waves .This part of the year is ripe for you to make the changes and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. 


Its all work and no play for you this week so do what has to be done and do not  allow others to tell you how or what to do .Its time to make life a bit more interesting and its right around the corner if you want to look. 

 Be very low key and don’t make any waves over anything as the current life situation will be here for a while ahead. Mercury going backwards this month ahead will bring up the unfinished business.

Write a list of priorities and start with the biggest as your ruler Venus in your money area just might be helping you as the month progresses especially in finishing up any thing you have neglected.

Time to deal with what you do not want to .You don’t like to be confronted with your shortcomings lets a face none of us do ,however as your boss Mercury is going backwards for three weeks now its best to bite the bullet.

A positive beginning and make peace or amends with any one or any thing that has caused you upset as chances are you did not see the picture clearly!! This Month moves will not be as fast as hoped due to Mercury going backwards.

The good news is if you take control it will be sorted completely otherwise if you allow another week to go by it will not be. Any trip taken before next month will delay things further due to Mercury going backwards.

If any area of life currently is at a standstill let it be so until mid next month.
Your boss planet Mercury is going backwards and not communicating well. On the positive side work will go smoother.

This week you may feel stressed or out of sorts ,with this in mind be patient when or if life does not go as you planned it .Mercury going backwards has a lot to do with this .Good news is this week is a good time for some kind of a wee gamble.

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  1. Lets see if these yanks are going to go knocking on our doors asking for our money if we don't buy health coverage. ---- This is reminicent of the poll tax days when they went door to door igniting street riots. ----- Honestly, they'll have to take me kicking and screaming before i part with one damn cent!!


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