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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - MICHELE PARADISE


Meet Michele Paradise from London who moved to LA 9 months ago for a lifestyle change and greater opportunities in her career. 

I was born on the East Coast of the US and was discovered by the designer Zandra Rhodes to be her muse. I left for London and didn’t look back. I enjoyed a 20 year international catwalk modeling career and loved every minute of it. I’m a hybrid. I don’t consider myself American or British, just the best of both worlds. 

Was there a particular reason you chose LA? After retiring from modeling in 2000, I trained to work in the field of human behaviour and all of the modalities that I use with my clients originate from California or have evolved into even great things here. I believed that the mindset here would be more conducive to what I do and I was right. California has always symbolized the new frontier to me and that hasn’t changed. LA is full of great creative minds who are willing to embrace new ideas and build on them. Also, my son moved here 5 years ago with his British band, Charming Liars, and has been encouraging me to move ever since. He believed that this was a better environment for the work I do and he was right. 
Check out the Charming Liars here

What do you miss most from home? The banter and the humour. I miss shows like 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI and of course, the Great British Bake Off. And pubs, of course. I’ve recently found a way to watch those shows here and relish them even more now. 

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? After living in London and other large European cities, I didn’t feel like LA had a centre, a soul. There wasn’t a West End or Oxford Street where you knew you could go to shop, eat or just walk through throngs of people. I now get LA and I love the small community feeling in each area. Some even have names like Little Armenia and Thai Town. I live in West Hollywood and love the fact that I can walk to shops, see people on the streets and not always rely on my car. There are many different types of communities here, which makes it easier to find the best fit for you. 

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London? The car is king! More people are in their cars than on the streets and that is bittersweet. You don’t meet many people on the streets but you also have a lot more room to walk on the pavement, and I love to walk. I couldn’t write this without including the weather. That is the biggest difference. From time to time I do miss the smell of rain but I get over it quickly. 

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? My hidden gem is a rather large Indian ‘corner’ shop in Los Feliz called India Sweets & Spices. It’s the size of a football pitch and by the time you leave the store, you can have your eyebrows threaded, eat a hot Indian meal, buy a new outfit, buy loads of incense, Cadbury’s chocolate, Heinz baked beans and PG Tips, all under one roof. www.indiasweetsandspices.us/ 


Also, Pace in Laurel Canyon. It has all the best elements of a restaurant…great food, a good wine list, off the beaten track and romantic. I love it! http://www.pacerestaurant.com/

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? What I’ve noticed most amongst my British friends and family is that they sometimes find the American friendliness a bit disingenuous but it’s not. Roll with it, enjoy it. You might even get used to it after a while! I find myself having the most interesting conversations with waiters and Uber drivers about topics from politics to spirituality. Americans are talkative and very friendly people. Embrace 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 bit of advice I’ve been given is that life isn’t a dress rehearsal. So when you move here, get involved. Taste all that you can in LA from hikes, restaurants, beaches, theatres and nature. I came to LA to be closer to nature and I love the fact that the mountains and the beach are equidistant from my apartment. It’s so easy to spend a lot of time in your car and not interact with that many people during the day so it’s good to push yourself out a bit more and get involved. 

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? You can find out more about me on my website www.changeyourmindforgood.com
Michele has a seminar on October 5th
Click here to reserve your spot
 use the code 'Members' and it will only cost you $5!

Are you working on anything at the moment? Shortly after arriving in LA I was introduced to Deepak Chopra by a former Harley Street client who referred to me as a ‘good witch’! Deepak very much liked the work I am doing to help people relieve stress and anxiety from their lives and invited me to become a Wellness Expert on his new digital wellness platform jiyo.com where I have my own channel entitled The Healing Haven. 

Here is the link

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Brits On Stage

(and a few Australian & Irish ones too!) 

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


FOALS
Hollywood Palladium
September 27th
Tickets Here

NAO
El Rey
September 28th
Tickets Here

OH WONDER 
The Wiltern 
September 28th
Tickets Here

GLEN HANSARD
The Wiltern
September 30th
Tickets Here

ANGELA MCCLUSKEY
W/Wild Colonials
Troubadour
September 30th
Tickets Here

KT TUNSTALL
Fonda Theatre

October 3rd
Tickets Here

DAVE STEWART & FRIENDS
Troubadour
October 3rd
Tickets Here

CHVRCHES
Hollywood Forever Cemetary

October 4th
Tickets Here

BAKERMAT + SAM FELDT
The Fonda
October 8th
Tickets Here

DESERT TRIP
Coachella Valley

TWO WEEKENDS!
October 7, 8, 9th
and
October 14th, 15th, 16th
Tickets Here

RICK ASTLEY
The Ace Theatre

October 13th
Tickets here

VAN MORRISON & TOM JONES
Hollywood Bowl
October 13th
Tickets Here (Goldstar Special Deal)

QUANTIC
El Rey Theatre
October 19th
Tickets Here

TRICKY
El Rey Theatre

October 20th
Tickets Here

JAMES BLAKE
Hollywood Palladium

October 20th Tickets Here
October 21st Tickets Here

GARBAGE
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
October 21st
Tickets Here

THE PROCLAIMERS
The Roxy

October 21st
Tickets Here

BEACH GOTH
OAK CANYON PARK, OC
October 22nd & 23rd
Tickets Here

BILLY BRAGG
Palace Theatre (DTLA)
October 25th
Tickets Here

KONGOS W/JOY FORMIDABLE
The Wiltern
October 28th
Tickets Here

PET SHOP BOYS
Microsoft Theater

October 29th
Tickets Here

THE ADICTS
El Rey
October 29th
Tickets Here

NICK WARREN:DANNY HOWELLS:DAVE SEAMAN
& Freddy Be
Avalon
November 5th
Tickets Here

PRIMAL SCREAM
Regent Theatre
November 5th

CLEESE & IDLE
Fred Kavli Theatre 
Thousand Oaks Arts Plaza
November 9th Tickets Here 
November 11th at The Pasadena Civic - Tickets Here

MORRISSEY
BREN EVENTS CENTER (IRVINE)

November 9th
Tickets Here

DYLAN MORAN
Largo
November 9th & 10th
Tickets Here

ENGLISH BEAT
The Rose in Pasadena

November 11th
Tickets Here

IL DIVO
Dolby Theatre 

November 17th
Goldstar Deal 

DAUGHTER
The Wiltern
November 30th
Tickets Here

LITTLE MIX
opening for Ariana Grande

Honda Anaheim
March 30th
Tickets Here


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - RAY TRICKITT

Meet Ray Trickitt from London, who moved to LA Four years ago to pursue his acting career.
Photo by Cécile Delepière

Was there a particular reason you chose LA? 
I always wanted to come to the states, either NYC or LA, and LA seems to be where the majority of work, opportunity is, although now, it seems there’s a lot of opportunities for work in the industry in other cities too, it's an industry town, and  i wanted to check it out.


What do you miss most from home? 
From home, friends you could say really, country pubs , getting about easily around town, no car needed. Seasons! Don’t get me wrong,  I do like the sun!

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? 
Well, when you first arrive , its all new , exciting and you're finding your way, but it's a whole different thing when you move out here, and commit, its not for everyone , and the only way to see ,of course is to live here, and see how the system operates, the workings of LA, and if its for you.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London? 
I would say getting about, everyone says this, but its true, the Car is king ,in London  you can get around really easy using  public transport , also you find yourself walking more, with other people doing the same, yes it smaller and seems more hectic, but getting around town you don’t really need a car, here you can find yourself cut off from people, I find when you spend the majority of time in a car, and yes everything is spread out, but people are more positive I find here, and it you have a passion for something an idea , people are interested, it seemed harder back home, it is the land of anything is possible!

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
It's not really a hidden gem, but I really like going up to the Griffith Observatory, it's a wonderful building, wonderful views over LA, and of course , parts of the classic Rebel without a cause, were filmed in and around the building, and also along the Pacific coast Highway a little past Malibu right on near the beach there’s a place called "Neptune's Net", great seafood , you can usually see a large number of motorbikes turning up there, at the weekend!

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
If its what you want to do. Go for it!  but keep in mind, check things out first, research as much as possible, and be prepared for the long haul, if you decide to take the plunge, it can be tough coming to a new place and starting fresh, finding friends, i think it takes a good year or two even to settle in, and finding a good support network of friends is really important, but hey there are some wonderful places here in California, to check out  and explore, and opportunities to be had, after all thats why we come here!


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? 
Well, apart from getting the basics sorted working visa’s, etc, bring a large stash of money here, you're going to need it! it soon disappears!  survival money ! it's not easy here , but you have to be tough! And persevere,  and follow your desires, or you will never know.

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? 



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WEEKLY HOROSCOPES September 14th 2016


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 

9.24.16


ARIES
Be very low key and don’t make any waves over anything or the current situation will get out of hand. Mars your ruler runs through your cousin Sagittarius currently so be available as new work opportunities will arrive.

TAURUS
Write a list of priorities and start with the biggest as your tendency to go in opposite directions at the same time; this will not help you going forward this week ahead and the month progresses especially in financial matters.

GEM
Time to deal with what has been neglected so far this month from yourself or others
as Uranus the trouble maker is hanging out in the area of family/ friends and if you are planning on a trip be sure its next month.

CAN
A positive beginning to the month may have dwindled down to a small trickle by now .However this means that some area is blocked its up to you to use that deep intuitive feeling and figure this out .

LEO
The good news is if you take control it will be sorted completely if you allow another week to go by. The fact is you can get in your own your way and as Mars is in your cousin sign until November make sure you tap into his great energy.

VIR
If any area of life currently is not going as smoothly as you expect you can let go of
worry about the outcome, all will be well in the end. Please find some thing to change in your own life not trying to change some one else.

LIB

The main lesson of this month is that its time to make decisions not something Libra is good at. However as it is the beginning of your particular New Year make at least one resolution .You will have made some good strides in forward this month Happy Birthday.

SCOR
You have been in search of a more peace filled existence for some time now. This has been difficult in a lot of ways. Be calm and positive in thought and deed and life can be much better from now on. It is time you got moving and make the changes of your life soon; the rewards for you are long overdue.

SAG
You could be feeling a bit moody or out of sorts due to Saturn moving  in your area of deep feelings .Know that what you reap is what you sow and this would be a good time to start thinking positive in all of life. Make time for family this week ahead.

CAP
Your financial situation is still not what you want, however in order to achieve a positive flow of money you have to assume it is already here .This means to not act or think in lack of any thing in life . Be flexible in all areas this week ahead.

AQU
A family member will likely ask for help these next few days .How you handle this situation will decide if they come back for more .Its your decision if you decide to help them out. Know this if you help it has to be because you really want to not because you feel obliged.

PISC
Its best to not feel sorry for yourself as the current situation will not change any time soon and if you waste time nothing can get it back. Life is to be enjoyed so go for it and know that your boss Neptune in your life now will bring many rewards.


Check out Anne's recent appearance on Bravo TV 

click here to watch 





How to apply for your British passport from USA

*updated August 9th 2016


When British Nationals realise that their passport is about to run out, what can they do?



Overseas British passport applications  must now be applied for ONLINE via gov.uk website.  The British Consulate says “don’t leave it until the last minute to apply for your passport. You can apply up to nine months in advance and any unexpired time will be added to your new passport”

This applies to new passports and renewals. 

You will mailing your passport to the following address

Durham Passport Office
Milburngate House
Durham
DH97 1PA

We advise getting a tracking number when you mail; you can send through the USPS for about $16


You can also book a same day appointment in the UK for a renewal passport. However if you have lost your passport and go home on an emergency document, it can take a week for an expedited renewal:

You can find your nearest UK Passport Customer Service Centre. Your appointment may be up to 2 weeks from the day you book it.

Passport Advice line Telephone: 0300 222 0000
Textphone: 0300 222 0222

Text Relay: 18001 0300 222 0000

Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9am to 5:30pm

Please check here for frequently asked questions.


If you have lost your passport make sure to report it asap - you can do so via this link 

Want to apply for your U.S. born child's UK passport? Click here for info 


NATIONALITY ENQUIRIES 

The Home Office is the lead government department on nationality matters. If you have an enquiry about eligibility for British citizenship or nationality, information can be found at: 


Need more information ?
If you need detailed information about what type of passport you need, what documents you need to supply for different types of application please go to What passport do I need? page on Gov.UK



UPDATE SEPTEMBER 22nd 2014:
In response to the difficulties many dual national passport holders have faced, HMPO have changed the wording in their guidance to make it much clearer that dual nationals do not need to send in their US passport when applying for a British passport. HMPO will accept a colour photocopy of non-British passports (every page including blank pages) from dual nationals as part of their application . 

URGENT TRAVEL:
If you need to travel urgently and your normal passport is not available you should contact your nearest consular office. They may be able to provide you with emergency travel documentation. Please note they will not be able to answer general passport questions or give information on passport applications in progress (as they are no longer involved in this process). You should only contact them if you have a need to travel urgently and you will be asked to supply evidence of your need.

Contact for British Consulate Los Angeles:
2029 Century Park E #1350,
Los Angeles,
CA 90067
(310) 789-0031


If you cannot find the information you need on the GOV.UK website, please contact the Passport Advice Line on +44 300 222 0000

If you want to renew in person during your next visit to the UK there is a number that you can call to make a ‘same day’ appointment if it is for a straightforward renewal:

01144 300 222 0000 

This number is open UK time 
0800 – 2000hrs (you are advised to call this a week or two before you arrive in the UK).
UK Passport photos are a different size to the USA. We like Photo Center on Beverly Blvd to get them done. Click here for their info

Or try this website recommended by one of our members

A simple (and very cheap!) solution to finding UK size passport photos since some places only do US style photos. Use your smartphone or digital camera to take a pic against a grey or beige background and then upload to a free website such as http://www.idphoto4you.com/, then order a print online at CVS etc.

If you have a recommendation please share it in the comments section below. 

Lots of you ask us about the Emergency Travel Document British Consulates General Los Angeles have shared this useful guide with us

Bookmark it as you never know when it will come in handy...

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/193664/FCO_ETD_web_13.pdf

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - STEVEN ALEXANDER

Meet Steven Alexander from London who moved to LA 20 years ago to pursue Filmmaking.





Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
 Yes indeed. Los Angeles is the premier location for everything filmmaking, from Screenwriting through Post Production and everything in between.

What do you miss most from home? The London Vibe. It's a vibe you can only feel when in London.

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? The expansiveness. It's spread out, LA is a collection of small towns, if you will, that make-up Los Angeles, and Los Angeles County. Over the years, it has become more congested, the traffic for one can be quite maddening.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London? It is the weather and the California lifestyle.

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? Three come to mind. "The Bourgeois Pig", a coffee shop in Hollywood, "Cha Cha Cha", a Cuban Restaurant in Silverlake (A great place for brunch), and "Sage", a vegan bistro, in Culver City. I have quite a few, but these three come to mind.

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? Get used to the idea spending a lot of time in your car, and develop a tolerance for traffic.

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? 
Are you working on anything at the moment? 
I have just completed my 2nd Feature Film "A Night Without Armor

We are currently in the final stages of Post Production and we have an INDIEGOGO campaign running (We need all the support we can get) 

every $$ counts

You can keep up with Steven and his work via the following links

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

MEET A MEMBER - AMBER HODGKISS

Meet Amber Hodgkiss from Wigan who moved to Los Angeles in January to pursue acting. Her UK credits include Grange Hill, Hollyoaks and Doctors.



Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
I was ready to leave the UK, and LA was the best option to continue with my career. I also was lucky enough to have a project lined up here. A movie called ‘Speak’ which is doing extremely well on the festival front, so I think that made it easier to make the big move.

What do you miss most from home?
My momma and my sister! So much! English countryside, English weather (I think I'm one of the very few!) and English pubs!  Oh and how could i forget…. digestive biscuits and super noodles!

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since. If so, why?
It wasn't what I expected. I was very unsure and slightly disappointed at first. However given time that has totally changed, it’s a crazy place, totally bonkers yet I love and appreciate every little bit of it. I feel I understand it more now. I recently spent a few weeks in Seattle filming the movie 11:11. I had a great time, and the locations were beautiful - however I was so excited to get back home to LA. I’ve never had that feeling before so that was really nice. I  have met some of my best friends here in LA. I truly believe it’s what you make of it.

What do you find is the biggest difference is living here versus Wigan?
The weather. The mentality is a huge difference. The accessibility to all things health and fitness. It’s a shock when I go home having so much of this available here and little back there.

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
PACE - a wonderful restaurant under the Canyon country mart on Lauren Canyon it is fabulous! Also the Canyon Country Mart has a little coffee stand there, that has fresh coffee 7-2. The lady that runs it is called Lilly, she is so lovely. Seriously you can’t beat a morning coffee there. I love nothing more than sitting there looking over my scripts for work.

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here?
If you want to do it, do it. I treat the whole thing as one big adventure and if you don't take it too seriously, are happy and have fun along the way then you’re winning.

How can we find out more about you?
www.amberhodgkiss.com, search Amber Hodgkiss at imdb.com and watch my reel at 

Are you working on anything at the moment?

I just recently finished working on a pilot called ‘Don’t Mess with Julie Whitefield’ with Casey Wilson. Directed by a fellow Brit, Amy Barham. She was the exec Producer on a show I worked on back home in UK, ‘Bedlam’ so that was great to reunite.  I now have a few weeks break and then I will be starting work on a pilot for Freeform. The producers actually wrote the role for me, so I'm super excited about this and I'm sure the Wigan accent will be out in full force!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Brits in LA Breakfast Club supported by Air New Zealand - Every Tuesday at Cecconi's

Everyone Welcome - You don't need to be British, you just have to like us!

Every Tuesday Rain or Shine

Come join us for our weekly Breakfast Club this morning at Cecconi's West Hollywood
Click on this link for full details plus info on the great discounts 
that we have set up with  




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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum Titus Andronicus Review by Catherine Siggins for Brits in LA




Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Titus Andronicus
Review by Catherine Siggins, for Brits in LA
Catherine Siggins - Brits in LA resident theatre critic
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Marie Françoise Theodore and Michael McFall
Photo by Miriam Geer
America is approaching a crossroads. In November, her citizens will decide which direction they will take politically and socially. Will they hold onto the current political structure, though it’s in need of refurbishment, or will they follow a course based on one person’s self-interest, personal gratification, prejudices, and sense of shotgun justice, regardless of the consequences to the greater whole? Worse then that, are you suffering from Game of Thrones withdrawals, and don’t think you can survive without beheadings, mass killings, and graveside humour until Spring 2017? There is a remedy!

As part of the Summer Repertory Season, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum are staging Shakespeare’s tragedy Titus Andronicus. General Titus Andronicus (Sheridan Crist), returns to Rome with his captives, Queen Tamora (Marie Francoise Theodore), her three sons (Nima Jafari, Kelvin Morales, Miebaka Yohannes), and her Moorish lover Aaron (Michael McFall), after a 10 year war against the Goths. He mercilessly demands the sacrifice of Tamora’s eldest son, as tribute for the sons he has lost in the war, which starts a terrible cycle of revenge. At the same time, Rome is need of a new Emperor, and the sons of the old one, Saturninus (Christopher W. Jones) and Bassianus (Turner Frankosky), are vying for the throne. The people of Rome want Titus to rule, much to the anger of Saturninus, and though Titus refuses the honor, he takes this as a personal insult, and a hatred for Titus and his family is born. When Saturninus takes Tamora as his queen, she is free to have her revenge unconstrained, which make this the bloodiest of all Shakespeare’s plays.

Titus is a cautionary tale about abuse of power, and examines what happens when personal desire and self-interest supplant the agreed upon socio-political structure. Though lacking dragons, the deadly creatures that inhabit this world are of the human kind- murderers, rapists and filicides- and in total they manage to cause 14 killings, 2 beheadings, 5 amputations, 1 multiple-rape, 1 live burial, 1 case of insanity, and an act of cannibalism.

Set in a near future, Ms. Geer has created a Rome where politics is not far from a game show, where the citizen’s cheers and applauses are demanded on cue cards, and the music and fanfare of the court sound like cheap advert jingles. She has dressed oppression in a shiny suit, and given it an ultra-white smile. Even before the start of the play, the long strains of fraught violin strings, part of an outstanding original music score by Marshall McDaniel, evoke a sense of epic foreboding.

Sheridan Crist plays Titus with great energy and agility, easily tackling emotional shifts from prideful rage to deepest loss. His vocal command and use of the language is a delight, and his Titus is deeply is inventive and entertaining in his journey from hubris to madness. It’s obvious he is enjoying the role. Michelle Wicklas is heartbreaking as poor Lavinia, dragged away powerless, to be viciously used by Tamora’s two sons. One feels real injustice when her father in the name of family honour ultimately kills her. Michael McFall, like a beefier Samuel L. Jackson, takes no prisoners as Aaron the Moor, Tamora’s lover. The delight he takes in his vengeful and villainous acts is gripping.

Besides the obvious brutal goings-on, this riveting production is deeply moving and surprisingly funny, which will have you shocked one moment and laughing the next at some very dark situations. Under director Ellen Geer’s expert hand the effect on the characters of these extreme situations gives rise to some very comic moments amongst the bloodletting, while ensuring her excellent cast is well grounded in the reality of the situations.

Not for the squeamish, it’s not to be missed!



Titus Andronicus runs continues through Oct 1 in rep. Recommended for mature audiences: adult themes and graphic violence.