Friday, March 17, 2017

MEET A MEMBER - KEN ADAM

Meet Ken Adam_________




from _Fulham, London who moved to LA 41 years ago to pursue working with teams and players in the North American Soccer League.



Was there a particular reason you chose LA ? 


George Best was playing for the L.A. Aztecs and I was his manager at the time along with many other British players. After the Aztec games, the players and fans would all go to a bar in Hermosa. We saw an opportunity so George, Bobby McAlinden and myself bought an old beer and wine bar in Hermosa Beach called Hard Times Tavern, spruced it up, got a liquor license and called it Bestie’s. It became the place for Brits in the South Bay – we had all the old favorites – fish and chips, shepherd’s pie etc and new arrivals from LAX would drop off newspapers that were like gold dust. No internet in those days! I sold out in 1985 when I got my real estate license. By then I was married so I settled here instead of going back to the U.K.



What  do you miss most from home? 

My three brothers and the countryside -  everything else I can pretty much get here including Marmite!


What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since ? 

 In 1975, Hermosa and Manhattan were sleepy little beach towns. Santa Monica was where most of the Brits ended up – there were a couple of British shops there and The King’s Head. DTLA was a place that you avoided as much as possible. My first impression was how glorious it must be to live in a place where the sun shines almost every day. Since then, of course, the population and the traffic has exploded and the beach towns have become more gentrified.


What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus London

I’ve lived here so long, I find myself feeling like a tourist when I go to London – except when I go to Craven Cottage!

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

My hidden gems are in Santa Barbara and Santa Ynez where I spend quite a lot of time. Although they’re not hidden, my local gems are restaurants run by Brits – Birch (Brendan Collins) in Hollywood and Chez Melange (Michael Franks) in Redondo Beach…


What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ?

 Go for it and accept the U.S. for what it is – not perfect but still a wonderful place to be… and take the opportunity to explore if you can. California is a magnificent state with tremendous natural beauty but the U.S. is like fifty countries in one – each state has so much to offer.




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? 

When I first started in real estate, an older agent told me…’don’t get in the way of the deal.’ I think that can be applied to many situations – sometimes egos get in the way of a solution.

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

Still working on my book Best, Marsh…and Me? Hope to have it ready for publishing by the summer. My real estate website is www.britishrebroker.com – I represent buyers, sellers and investors along the beach, from El Segundo to Palos Verdes.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Whither Would You Go? at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Benefiting +United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
cast includes Stephen Fry, Alex Kingston and special guest is Jay Abdo
20% off tickets for +Brits InLA which includes a glass of champagne
use code FRIEND20

Visit https://www.whitherwouldyougo.com/#whither-would-you-go
to get your tickets

LA Marathon Road Closures for this Sunday March 19th


Saturday, March 11, 2017

WEEKLY HOROSCOPES Mar 18th 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




3.18.17


ARIES
If life at work is not all it could be look at the positive side of things as we move into mid month the pace will slow down and Uranus the erratic one in your own sign is not letting you get away with much.

TAURUS
Your emotions are probably in a mess in regards to some area of life. It is more than likely a past situation that has brought things up this will remain status quo if you ignore it so be ready to get it resolved once and for all.

GEMINI
This can be the best time in your life that’s because you are looking at the truth of how much you have dealt with in some areas. Mercury will make you deal with more this by months end.

CANCER
There is an old saying “you can run but you can not hide “This next couple of weeks will bring back a situation you had thought was passed. It is to your best good to deal with it head on.

LEO
You may be in the mood to get far from everything familiar and you will as soon as what you need to take care of in life is taken care of .Hey by then you will have some extra cash to play with.
VIRGO
These months beginning for you has not been as easy going as you would like
but it’s because everything in life is a lesson. When you stop beating yourself up relax and be cool. Venus is going backwards in your life slowing things down.

LIBRA
The boss planet Venus is moving in emotional Pisces and now we have the explosive Uranus in the opposite sign of Aries .This means you will have to do the doing or it will be done for you. You will go on a short trip soon.

SCORPIO
The full moon last week in Virgo has brought some endings to the fore of your attention. You are getting a lot of mixed messages also. Just be sure to relax as much as you can and this too shall pass. Be aware that it will all be resolved by month end.


SAGITTAURAUS
You are likely feeling some what confused about your overall direction in life.
It is because your boss Jupiter is on a go slow .This will bring up situations you are required to deal with or let go of .Be sure you are not impulsive in any way.

CAPRICORN
The sun in Pisces currently can be opening new doors in relationships of any kind.
This is decision time for sure for some thing you are ready to deal with. Be sure to not take everything so seriously lighten up and enjoy the journey.


AQUARIUS
You can swing life in the right direction this week if you are very focused on the end result. While your boss Uranus is in Aries gearing up for spring time is time you also planted some positive seeds to grow for you.

PISCES
Life situations are better currently as the sun in your own sign along with Venus is assisting you. Neptune also around you can bring help you to manifest your wishes.
However be sure you do not overindulge as it is time for your Happy Birthday.


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MEET A MEMBER - BEN NESBIT

Meet Ben Nesbit from Manchester who moved to LA one year ago to pursue an acting and music career.


Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
We chose to move to LA as in 2013 after attending an acting school in London, I went to The Event in Orlando. 
The Event is a place where you perform : Monologues, Scenes, Commercials and One Liners. All in front of agents, at the end of the competition an LA theatrical agent asked for me to come over for the following Summer. After some success the first summer, my amazing parents up and moved my family to help me pursue my career.

What do you miss most from home?
The thing I miss most from home are my friends I've had since nursery . Don't get me wrong I love the people and my friends here I just miss all the memories I've had since I was little . I also miss Heinz baked beans a lot and tomato soup.

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? My first impression of LA was, "Wow , I cant believe I live here !" I suppose its still unreal the fact that I live here but as I've been here for a year now its become my new regular. I love all the people here and all the opportunities that are open to me, that I didn't have before.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Manchester? The most obvious difference is the weather, I love how hot it gets here. But I would also say the people, we walk into the lift and my family and I are always greeted with smiles and left with,"Have a good day !" That is definitely something we rarely experienced in Manchester.

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us? In terms of acting, a hidden gem I would say is ActorSite, its an acting class for teenagers in North Hollywood that many famous actors have been too . Its both a really fun class and you learn secrets behind the script from working actors alongside fellow working actors. If you're talking about food my absolute favorite place is Aroma on Sunset. With my mum being Israeli we've always had Israeli food and Aroma is the best place in LA for it. 


What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? I would say be prepared for everything that is going to come your way, no matter the profession. Everyone you meet has connections, so it doesn't matter whether your at a coffee shop or an event, there are amazing opportunities. I would also say it does take a while to adjust from England to America as people are just so different and try and keep in contact as much as possible with people from home as its way too easy to forget.

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? As I'm an actor the best tip I've been given is to leave your audition in the room and keep a clean mind after. Otherwise you're gonna dwell on every single syllable you pronounce and not be able to think about anything else. Always be thinking about the next one!
Lastly, how can we find out more about you ? Are you working on anything at the moment?
To find out more about me, you can follow me on 
Instagram @bennezbit
Twitter @bennesbit14

I recently worked on two Elizabeth Blake-Thomas films that should be coming out this year.

Thursday, March 9, 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
Click Here

SKANKING REGGAE FESTIVAL
The Shrine
March 11th
Tickets Here

VAN MORRISON
+The Theatre at Ace Hotel
March 17th Tickets Here
March 18th Tickets Here
March 19th Tickets Here

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

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

ERIC CLAPTON
The Forum
March 25th Tickets Here
March 26th Tickets Here

LADYHAWKE
The Roxy
March 30th
Tickets Here

+Little Mix
opening for Ariana Grande

Honda Anaheim
March 30th
Tickets Here

ALAN CUMMING 
joins the L.A. Gay Men's Chorus in
HE HAD IT COMING
April 1st & 2nd
Click here for a great deal on tickets 
w/Goldstar

+Richard Ashcroft Official 
+The Wiltern 
April 3rd
Tickets Here

CLEAN BANDIT
The Fonda

April 5th
Tickets Here

RADIOHEAD
Santa Barbara Bowl

April 11th
Tickets Here

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
Fox Theater, Pomona

April 13th
Tickets Here

+Two Door Cinema Club 
w/ Jack Garratt
+Santa Barbara Bowl 
April 14th
Tickets Here

+Coachella 
April 14th - 16th SOLD OUT
April 21st - 23rd SOLD OUT

BONOBO
The Ace Hotel

April 17th
Tickets Here

GLASS ANIMALS w/Jagwar Mar
Fox Theater Pomona
April 18th
Tickets Here

NEW ORDER
Santa Barbara Bowl

April 18th
Tickets Here

THE ZOMBIES 
The Theatre at the Ace
April 18th
Tickets Here

EMPIRE OF THE SUN
The Shrine

April 19th
Tickets Here

JACK GARRATT
The Roxy

April 19th

ROISIN MURPHY
The Fonda

April 20th - Tickets Here
April 21st - Tickets Here

AIR SUPPLY
+Saban Theatre 

May 5th
Goldstar have a deal on tickets here

CRAIG DAVID
The Fonda

May 11th
Tickets Here

RUSSELL HOWARD
The Roxy

May 20th
Tickets Here

U2
Rose Bowl
May 20th - Tickets Here
May 21st - Tickets Here

SWEET AND TENDER HOOLIGANS
(Morrissey's 58th Unhappy Birthday Celebration)
El Rey
May 22nd

FRIGHTENED RABBIT
opening for Band of Horses
+Greek Theatre 
May 25th
Tickets Here

FRANZ FERDINAND
The Regent

June 12th
Tickets Here

DEF LEPPARD 
w/ POISON
Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario)

June 14th
Tickets Here

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

QUEEN w/ Adam Lambert
Hollywood Bowl
June 26th
Tickets Here

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
The Greek

June 29th
Tickets Here

UB40
+The Greek Theatre 
 July 6th
Tickets Here

TCB CONCERTS PRESENTS

80’s Weekend #4

July 29th

+Alt-J 
The Shrine
August 9th
Tickets Here

DEEP PURPLE & ALICE COOPER
Greek Theater
August 13th
Tickets Here

 ERIC CLAPTON
+The Forum 

September 15th Tickets Here 
September 16th Tickets Here


Saturday, March 4, 2017

MEET A MEMBER - AUSTIN RAISHBROOK



Meet Austin Raishbrook from Gillingham in Dorset who moved to LA 22 years ago to pursue a career in media.




Was there a particular reason you chose LA ?

Los Angeles offers a huge variety of career opportunities, especially in media and journalism.  The entrepreneurial, extremely competitive environment allows those that have the rigor to become very successful in their field.  In 2005 I started RMG News (with my two brothers) and we have since become one of the most respected news gathering agencies in LA.  We embed ourselves in the worst areas of town and capture the unimaginable scenes left behind by gang violence, drug warfare and inner city life.  We supply the world’s mainstream media outlets with adrenaline-filled, breaking news footage on a daily basis and with over 20 years in the profession our ever-growing archive contains some of the most dramatic footage available.

What do you miss most from home?


Of course my family, but also the peace and tranquility of the English countryside (I left when I was 18 because nothing exciting ever happened in the deepest, rural parts of Dorset - now I kind of long for those days!).
What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since ? If so why? 

I came here as a news journalist (I grew up watching Cops) so I sort of knew what to expect - and LA certainly didn't disappoint.  The local news headlines were full of gang inspired warfare, police chases and other fascinating news stories - something I certainly wasn't used to growing up in the country.  I soon realized that the news media here was more about ratings than the news itself, world news was almost non-existent and they would break into the daytime talk shows for live coverage of a police chase.  With social media now playing such a critical part of daily life, this thirst for live, action filled news footage is even more prevalent than before - every news incident now plays out on Twitter with updates by the second.  I was also surprised by the territorial diversity in LA, more specifically by the fact you could be driving though Beverly Hills one second then a few blocks later you could be facing a rundown, crime ridden part of town.  It was more amazing that the crime rarely spilled over those borders, even to this day it rarely does.
What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Gillingham?
Quite clearly the crime is worse in LA but the career opportunities
 here, certainly in media, are by far superior.  The outdoor opportunities (we are outdoor enthusiasts) here are so diverse and so different from Dorset - an LA triathlon consists of surfing in the early morning, a round of golf midday then skiing in the afternoon.  There are also a lot more predatory animals here in the LA area - mountain lions, bobcats, bears and rattlesnakes to name a few (you will rarely see them though).
Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?


Not LA per se but a couple of hours east, in the San Bernardino Mountains, is a little town called Lake Arrowhead.  It's a close-knit, welcoming community surrounding a lake with wonderful cabins for rent, great hikes and outdoor opportunities - a stark contrast to the inner city life.  For a great meal, at a small, family owned restaurant I would certainly suggest a visit to the Old Country Coffee Shop in Running Springs, they have great food. 
What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here ? 

Don't let everything you see on the news cloud your beliefs of what this town actually has to offer.  The chance that you will see, let alone be involved in any of the stories you see on TV is very, very unlikely.  Have a clear goal of what you want to achieve in this town and make sure you get out and meet people!  It really is who you know and not necessarily what you know.
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 ? 

Explore every opportunity but be wary of things that appear to be too good to be true.  This is huge city and people can easily fall for the LA hype, know the dangers of life in an urban environment.  Be street-smart.
Lastly, how can we find out more about you ? Are you working on anything at the moment ?   ( insert website/Twitter /blog etc here). 
I am very happily married and have a gorgeous wife (also English!), we have two fantastic young boys (one is almost 5, the other 9 months) and we live in the mountains just east of LA.  My career bio can be found at the link below but in basics I own RMG News with my two brothers, Howard (my identical twin) and Marc (5 years younger). I am currently in a reality show filming for Netflix (due out this summer).  I was the inspiration behind the movie Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal and served as a technical consultant on the film (I can also be seen in a couple of scenes playing a news cameraman and was interviewed for the behind the scenes DVD). I starred in a reality show called 'Stringers: LA' on TruTV for two seasons in 2008/2009.  I've appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers and have been the subject of many documentaries around the world highlighting my escapades over the last 20 years (I've been shot at, chased by gang members, had my camera gear smashed and stolen and actually got trapped in my own apartment fire (which I videotaped...)).  My company has also produced (and is still producing) a show called XRC (Xtreme Realty Clips) which now has a spin-off:http://variety.com/2015/tv/global/xrc-extreme-reality-clips-season-2-spinoff-nightcrawler-1201611687/.  I've also worked for Splash News for the past 14 years as their Global Operations Director.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The 10th Annual Toscars in Pictures

MEET A MEMBER - ALICE SARFATI

Meet Alice Sarfati from Miami, FL who moved to LA 6 months ago to pursue furthering her career as a TV presenter and producer  
Photo Credit:  Jora Frantzis 

Was there a particular reason you chose LA?
LA is the entertainment capital of the world and being a beach person (and Scorpio), the mix of Hollywood and beaches, made LA the right move for me!

What do you miss most from home?
I am half Cuban and half Romanian and I grew up surrounded by Cuban culture in Miami. What I miss most about Miami (other than family and friends, obviously) is having the stimulus of Cuban accents, music, food, and Cuban coffee around me all the time! (I love to say that the best thing about Miami is that it's so close to America! ;-) )

What was your first impression of LA and has it changed since? 
My first impression of LA was that it lacked soul and edge but as I've explored the city more and met new people, I've come to discover that this city has many stories, cultures and vibes and truly has something for everyone.

What do you find the biggest difference is living here versus Miami?
LA is a big city with so much to offer! I love trying new things and this city provides a lot of wonderful opportunities whether outdoors (hiking, surfing, skiing, hang-gliding, horse-back riding) or indoors (comedy shows, broadway shows, tech talks, museums) so the biggest difference is that each section of the city can be explored as if it is a city in itself!

Do you have a hidden gem in LA that you want to share with us?
Downtown LA has so many hidden gems to offer...The theater at the ACE Hotel is a stunning space and they always have fun and unique performances. 
The Clifton Cafeteria is just down the street from the ACE Hotel and has multi-levels of the most visually stimulating and varying themed rooms...my favorite is the 1920s era swing band live music room on the 3rd floor and the exclusive Tiki Bar on the top floor!
 Also, if you're a history, music or movie buff, the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo will transport you back to the 1920s for a throwback movie-watching experience!

What would you suggest to others who are thinking about making the move here? 
LALALand can be daunting if you don't have a good support system...I recommend connecting with groups like Brits in LA or meetups based on your interests to find your tribe here. It can make it feel much more like home when you have like-minded people around you.

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 most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers." --Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh


I had the most life-changing experience this past summer at a Mindfulness Retreat at Plum Village in the south of France. My biggest takeaway from it was that being present is the greatest gift you can give another person, but most importantly to yourself. The key to happiness is to live in the now! 

Lastly, how can we find out more about you? Are you working on anything at the moment? 
I am currently working on a "marriage" between my passion/obsession with travel and my background in television production with a travel-related project about wedding traditions around the world. You can find updates on my professional projects at www.AliceSarfati.com and updates on my travels on Instagram @AliceNWanderlust