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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Brits On Stage

(and a few Australian & Irish ones too!) 

Make sure to visit us on Facebook @BritsLoveLA for ticket giveaways!

Long Day's Journey Into Night
at the Geffen
Starring Alfred Molina & Jane Kaczmarek
January 31st - March 18th
Great deals on tickets at Goldstar
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AN EVENING WITH MOGWAI
'Mogwai Play Atomic'

The Ace DTLA
January 18th
Tickets Here

 RICHARD SHELTON+Vitello's Italian Restaurant +The E Spot Lounge 
January 20th
Tickets Here



+Craig David

+El Rey Theatre 

January 21st
Tickets Here

FRANK TURNER & the SLEEPING SOULS
The Wiltern
January 28th
Tickets Here

80's WEEKEND
w/ Tony Hadley, ABC, Thomas Dolby & Nena
Microsoft Theatre
January 28th
Tickets Here

TOM CHAPLIN (Keane)
El Rey
February 2nd
Tickets Here

ADAM ANT
KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER LIVE 2017
The Fonda SOLD OUT

February 9th
Tickets Here

WHITE LIES
El Rey

February 15th
Tickets Here

ADAM ANT
Observatory OC
February 17th
Tickets Here

LOS ANGELES SCOTTISH PIPE BAND
+Queen Mary
February 18th
Details Here

+The Staves 
Masonic Lodge +Hollywood Forever Cemetery 
February 21st
Tickets Here

STARRY NITES FESTIVAL
Santa Barbara
March 18th/19th
Tickets Here

ELTON JOHN & HIS BAND
Rabobank Arena/Bakersfield
March 18th
Tickets Here

+Little Mix
opening for Ariana Grande

Honda Anaheim
March 30th
Tickets Here

+Richard Ashcroft Official 
+The Wiltern 
April 3rd
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FRIGHTENED RABBIT
opening for Band of Horses
+Greek Theatre 
May 25th
Tickets Here

ROGER WATERS
Staples Center
June 20th/21st
Tickets Here

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
The Greek

June 29th
Tickets Here

Saturday, January 14, 2017

MEET A MEMBER - EMMA WARD


Meet Emma from Lancashire who moved to LA 10 years ago to pursue her modeling, and acting career.  After having a child, and going through divorce, and my own challenges in life, I changed my career path to an EFT energy healer, and now dedicate myself to helping others.


Was there a particular reason you chose LA? You can make allot more money here in TV on commercials than UK, and more opportunities.  I booked a Harley Davidson campaign here in 2006, and signed with an agency so thought I would give it a shot, and wanted to see America. 



What do you miss most from home? Family, monster munch, chippy, most of all the banter about random shit.   hahahaha


What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? I first hated LA to be honest.  I didn't get the people, or maybe the people did not get me, and my dry sense of humor.  I felt I did not fit in with all the industry people here, and fake conversations.  I noticed all people talked about was success, and money, and fame. Boring …….. I guess it just took me a while to find my own circle of good, genuine people, now I have that I love LA.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Lancashire? Of course the weather, constantly raining in the North West of England, and its so depressing .  I love the sunshine.

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? Yes my balcony, and stash of all my English goodies, but not sharing ha.ha.ha 


What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? Just be prepared, and have savings, and work hard.  Keep it real, do not forget where you are from, and who you are.  Stay grateful ..

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given? My own advice is do not take things personally, don't be upset by rejection, or if things don't go your way.  Just do your best, one day at a time.
 A place is just a place, its what you make of it that matters.  Just keep positive, and surround yourself with like minded, kind hearted people on the same mission as you.  

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Please take a look at my website, if any of you are in need of some spiritual healing, or suffering from stress, physical pain, anxiety I am currently offering at 50 % discounted rate for the month of January for all Brits In LA members.  WWW.EFT-EMMA.COM

Thursday, January 5, 2017

MEET A MEMBER - RICHARD SHELTON

Meet Richard Shelton from London who moved to LA 4 years ago to pursue both his music and acting careers.

photography Vern Evans

Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
Dreams can come true! I portrayed Frank Sinatra in the hard-hitting drama, ‘Rat Pack Confidential’ in London’s West End (nominated ‘ Best Actor in a Leading Role’) and it confirmed a fascination both with him, and the lives of the Hollywood acting and music greats. I wanted to experience LA for myself, to see where those dreams became realities, and make my own dreams come true.


I’d enjoyed success in the U.K. including being a series regular, Dr Adam Forsythe, in ‘ Emmerdale’; singing at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, for Prince Charles at Windsor Castle,  at Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball and with the BBC Concert Orchestra, but I still felt I wanted to grow and develop in America. LA was the right place to start following my dreams.
photography Vern Evans

Recording my album, ‘An Englishman in Love in LA’ at Capitol Studios alongside Sinatra’s band mates saw that dream come true, and I am very honoured to have received great reviews including; "Richard Shelton is a superior singer who tips his hat to a legend with grace and elegance on An Englishman In Love In L.A. - an album that Sinatra himself would be proud of. Well done! ★★★★" - Edward Blanco, All About Jazz 
and "His selection of material is as impeccable as his wardrobe, and his style is shark skin sharp." - George Harris, Jazz Weekly

I’ve also appeared in ‘House of Lies’ and had a recurring role in ‘Jane the Virgin’ on TV. So, provided you’re prepared to work hard, dreams really can come true!

What do you miss most from home?
The small things - the every day London banter; ambling around Soho and going for an espresso in Bar Italia;  poking around a bookshop;deciding to go to Columbia Flower Market on a whim. 

photo from Londonist.com
What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? The endless possibility and scope to dream which hasn’t changed. When I watched ‘La La Land’, it summed it all up very nicely.



What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London? How long it takes to get anywhere and the necessity to plan! In London, I’d cycle everywhere.
East Dulwich
The journey from East Dulwich to central London is only 30-minutes and I love the feeling of freedom of being on my bike. It also means you can be more spontaneous which appeals to me. 
But driving to auditions and meetings in LA is certainly a more comfortable and a much cooler way to travel. And if I don’t get the job, well, at least I’m rejected in the sunshine!

 Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? A hike up Fryman Canyon! The steep ascent gets the heart racing and the long, slow descent allows you to dream all you like. 

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? I’m a big believer in the saying, 'We come this way but once and our time here is brief.' If there’s something you want to do in life - and you have the capacity - do it! But be clear why you’re coming. Be clear what you have to offer and keep your feet firmly planted on the ground. And then, most importantly, enjoy it!

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given? The best advice I was given was harsh but true. Don’t ask what LA can give you. Rather, ask what you can give to LA. 
Wolverhampton
When you’ve discovered that, the city will start to unfurl it’s secrets, pleasures and joys like a peacock’s tail. Los Angeles is a long way from Wolverhampton where my dreams first started


Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Are you working on anything at the moment?  
Lot’s of places! I’m performing my Edinburgh Festival sell-out show, ‘Sinatra and Me’ on Friday 20th January

at Vitello’s Club, 


 which looks at the life long synchronicity between my life and Sinatra’s, plus music from my recent album, ‘An Englishman in Love in LA’. I’m very proud of the wonderful review from Bonnie Priever who caught the show at Catalina Jazz Bar on Sunset Boulevard in December - ‘Richard Shelton - the essence of cool’ -  

VIP - Text 'Shelton' to 22828

Twitter - @RichardShelton
Facebook - @Richard Shelton

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WEEKLY HOROSCOPES January 14th 2017


If you would like a private reading with Anne you can contact her via

Email Anne at shawcastar@aol.com
or call 310-392-1681 for a private reading
Tarot and astrology! 

She is offering the following discounts
Brits in LA members $85
Brits in LA Key Members $75


Stargazing with Annie Shaw

STARS 

01/14/17

ARIES
If life in any area of it  is not all it could be look at the positive side of things as we move into mid month life  will open new doors which you would have missed had you been busy with others things .

TAURUS
Your luckiest time in many a long year is between now and June so what ever plans or changes you want to put in place this is the time to plant those seeds.
However don’t keep digging up the plant to see if it’s growing. Be willing them to trust. Patience is the key word.

GEMINI
Its not the best time in your life but that’s because you are not looking at the truth that its not as bad as it has been .So while feeling angry or frustrated is normal given the past months experiences keep a cool head, this too shall pass.

CANCER
There is an old saying be careful what you ask for you might just get it .Remember
this when you are not willing to let go of the past it will come up again and again
until it is resolved. This week is time to start a new health regime.

LEO
You may be in the mood to get away for  a few days  and you will as soon as what you must take care of in your life is taken care of .Next weekend is good for  taking time out to meet with family and  friends.

VIRGO
Since the year  began life for you has not been as easy going maybe as you would  like ,however its because everything in life is a lesson so learn now early in  the new year and have peace of mind for the rest of the year.

LIBRA
The planet of Karma Saturn is affecting all areas of communication for you currently. This means learning new ways to communicate and to ask for what you most desire in your life.  This effect will last on and off until spring.

SCORPIO
You could be feeling somewhat confused or even a bit paranoid this week.
This is due to Neptune in your cousin sign Pisces trying to fool you. Be aware that you do not always have to believe everything your mind tells you. It’s getting better by mid week.

SAGITTARIUS
Your boss Jupiter in visiting a compatible sign for you until autumn. Therefore it is a time to take advantage of this optimistic energy. The best way to utilize this is to catch up with unfinished business in area first. Then you will leave space to start something new.

CAPRICORN
The sun in the last few days of your sign will bring something to your attention by mid week. If you are smart you will take note and act promptly and complete it.
Should you delay and ignore this time frame you will not get another perfect time until late in the year. Happy Birthday.

AQUARIUS
You may be feeling somewhat jaded at this time .This is only because it’s nearly your birthday. This means renewals in many ways to prepare for. Take charge of your time and make a commitment to start on any changes promptly.

PISCES
You are likely to be feeling the need to be honest with some people in your life.

This is due to several planets visiting you recently. You will be wise to listen to that inner voice of intuition .With this in mind it will all work out, if you act on it


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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - ARCHIE GALBRAITH

Meet Archie originally from a tiny village near Glasgow called Lochwinnoch .
He moved to LA 11 years ago to pursue the accumulation of wealth (unfortunately timed with the arrival of the recession so I had to put up with lifestyle improvements instead).

photo by N Galbraith


Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?
I was moving to join a start up company and LA was where my first client was based. We were supposed to move to New Jersey but having lived there before, we decided to give the West Coast a try - thereby neatly avoiding issues like rain that turns into ice when it lands. 


What  do you miss most from home? The Today show on +BBC Radio 4  as you drive to work; apple crumble; high quality TV advertising. The thing I miss the most is the Scottish habit of just dropping in to a friends house. Not making appointments for dinner, just dropping by for a coffee and a chat unannounced that might turn into dinner, a trip to the pub or a friendly "sorry, too busy".  and the relaxed approach to social life. Mind you - I missed that when I lived in London too. 


What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? First impression -  a huge sprawling mess with ugly above ground power lines everywhere, ugly strip malls and the same shops over and over again.
My impression of LA has changed a lot. I have discovered nuances and character that I wasn't aware of at first. There are clear differences in the different parts of town - like any other large city I've lived in, so the trick is to find the part of town that reflects your style. The other thing I realized was that in between all those chain stores are a myriad of independents offering just about anything you want. Thats LA for me - anything you want as long as you have the cash and are willing to drive. Want to learn Kung Fu, Horse Riding, Circus Trapeze -  all here. 

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? 

The Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga Canyon.  Do you remember Grandpa Walton? Played by Will Geer who was reportedly backlisted during McCarthyism and moved onto a parcel of land in Topanga Canyon shared with his friend Woodie Guthrie. Will's wife built an outdoor theater among the mature trees & streams of the upper canyon and its still run by his family. Rivals the setting of any outdoor stage I've ever been to. 
A professional theatre company that performs classic and modern works in a natural amphitheater. 
It is a center for the arts, culture and social expression.



What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? 
Can be fantastic place to live. The weather and the opportunities for learning, hobby's and fun are outstanding. Can be overwhelming because of its size. Just like any city, the places that are easiest to afford are not likely to be very close to the places you want to be and unlike London, there isn't likely to be a train to get you there. Brilliant place for business.
You MUST have a job that includes family health insurance. Be prepared to struggle at first to establish a credit history - start by putting cash in a local bank which guarantees a debit card. Use the card and replace the cash you spend. Trying to lease a car, get Cable TV, sign up for utilities are all made more difficult without a credit score.
Network your way into the place prior.

Lots of our members join our group Brits in LA seeking out words of wisdom - what is the best piece of advice you've been given?  Don't sweat the small stuff - and in the scheme of things, almost everything in your life is small stuff


Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Are you working on anything at the moment?


I'm a Youth Rugby Coach at Santa Monica Rugby Club - http://www.santamonicarugby.com/youth/
Great bunch of parents from all over the rugby playing world doing our best to teach our kids good values.
2016-17 kicks off the 14th season of Santa Monica Rugby’s youth rugby program, 
which has grown to include over 250 players from around Santa Monica and the Los ...

I also run a company that is committed to helping small businesses become bigger ones. In that capacity I sometimes have to take on a position in the companies such as www.mobss.com 
I am also a Director of a new Charitable foundation, we are launching on Jan 1 so I'll come back and update you then


Thursday, December 15, 2016

NEWSLETTER DEC 15th, 2017

Seasons Greetings Britlings.
By now most of you are probably headed back to the motherland for the holidays, for thos e who remain, enjoy L.A. in it's former glory - Where freeways will be mildly empty, and better still, no lines in the supermarket checkout. It truly will take only 20 minutes to get from Hollywood to Santa Monica beach or the opposite way to downtown, LA. (Yes I'm having an SNL "The Californians" conversation with myself.)



Speaking of DTLA. My, that area has changed in a heartbeat - Hustling and bustling.  Seriously becoming the "It" place to be. I lived down there in the year 2000 and it was a ghost town. Well, not any more.


On Sunday, I visited something called "Smorgesburg" A collection of pop-up food vendors, from Lobster, to Tacos,  Cool clothing stores in camper vans and vintage books. It's open every Sunday, 10am-4pm, on the five-acre site of the weekday Alameda Produce Market in Downtown Los Angeles.

It's part of a brand new development called ROW DTLA (785 Bay St., Los Angeles, CA 90021) with 2 hours free parking.


 I also went and checked out Residence, a small music venue for live bands, also with a courtyard with food trucks and fireplaces. Also for the LGBT community and allies there are a few gay bars that have popped up, Precinct (357 S. Broadway,) A bit of a spit and sawdust of a club. Bar Mattachine (221 w. 7th St,) has a more upscale martini bar feel and the newly opened Redline (131 E. 6th St,) is a see and be seen kind of place, all peacocks welcomed.

Last month I was invited to the opening of Proper English, A throw back to British Northern Soul run by Brits in LA member Trevor Miller, located in the basement of the Continental Hotel (116 W. 4th St.) Great British DJ's and tons of Brits and Anglo-files. They are having a special Christmas' Eve bash which promises to be loads of fun. 




Its been a busy couple of weeks for me, we finally wrapped principal photography on @asst_ my comedy pilot that a few of you donated to our fundraiser earlier int he year, so thanks to you, we pulled it off - The footage has now gone off to the editor in NYC and we should have something to look at mid- January.

One of our backers was Martin Lee White, who got him self a speaking part in the film playing an American cop. His accent was pretty spot in, he also came along and helped out on set for the three days too, as did many Brits in LA members, which Im extremely grateful of. It truly took a village. 


And of course after our successful, fun-filled Christmas dinner party last week, you must be going to a plethera this week. I was fortunate enough to be invited to not just Chris O'Connor, The Consulate-General's residence for mulled wine, Mince Pies and caroling, where Victoria Summer, Nigel Daly and Gustaf Farwell led us all in some wonderful Christmas-time carols.

It was nice to see so many friends there. Fiona & Alan Harden with their Son Alexander. The newly appointed head of BABC, Fiona Francois, with her husband Eric and two delightful children. Actress Sabra Williams and her Husband Yogi. Eileen and I enjoyed the annual office party lunch at the Consulate's offices in Century City. It was great to see Caroline, Bernie, Alison and Barbara among others and get to bring in a little christmas cheer. I was happy to meet Sue Masters, who is the current president for "The British Home in California" A retirement complex in Sierra Madre, CA. I was intrigued to find out about all the good work they do. So look out for us doing more charitable work with those folks in the New Year.


Both Eileen and I wish you a very merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hannukah and all those other wonderful collective holidays we all celebrate. 

Cheers

Craig


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We will be collecting unwrapped toys for Adopt A Letter at Breakfast Club this tueaday morning.


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