Après Midi

Adrian LeedsUpstairs at Café de la Mairie
(Since December 2002 and in this location since October 2003)

On the corner of rue des Archives and rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

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NEXT MEETING: EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (closed August)

Now, every month, a guest speaker of note comes to talk about a topic of interest and then open the floor for questions and discussion! 

*Special Note: Anyone attending Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. In addition, the café allows us to hold our meetings free as long as each person orders at least one drink, even as small as a coffee! Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.

April Pett - Tour by April


Après Midi April 11, 2017
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April Pett, tour guide April in Paris Tours

To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Après Midi Archives.

Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:

May 9, 2017

Janet Hulstrand

Essoyes School Summer Seminars


Janet Hulstrand, writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of writing and of literature

"The Year of Renoir...a summer-long celebration of the Renoir legacy in Champagne"

From the late 1880s until he was forced to move to the South of France for reasons of health, Pierre Auguste Renoir and his wife spent a great deal of time in the lovely little village of Essoyes (ESS-wah), in southern Champagne, where she had grown up. This year has been designated the Year of Renoir in l’Aube, the département in which Essoyes is located. A number of special events are being planned in connection with the opening to the public of the newly restored Renoir home, including a Renoir exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Troyes, and a weekend in which the village of Essoyes will present itself to visitors as it was in the year 1900, with reenactments, tableaux vivants and other special activities.

Janet Hulstrand divides her time between France and the United States. She will tell us the story of how Renoir's wife successfully lured him away from Paris for long periods of time to her beloved hometown; how he came to love Essoyes almost as much as she did; how this was the place where Jean Renoir (their son, who later became a world-famous filmmaker) spent some of his happiest times; and how the life in the Renoirs in this village has been lovingly documented and showcased by today's inhabitants of the village. She will also give us a preview of special events planned for the summer in Essoyes and the surrounding area.

Janet is a writer/editor/writing coach and teacher who leads book groups at the American Library in Paris, writing workshops in Essoyes, and teaches “Paris: A Literary Adventure” each summer in Paris for Queens College, CUNY.

Web site: Renoir 2017 Essoyes

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June 13, 2017

 Antonio Meza

Antonio Meza,

Storytelling in Paris

Everybody comes to Paris wanting to live a story worth telling. That was Antonio's intention when arriving to Paris 13 years ago.

After different "reincarnations" as a student in cinema, photographer, tourist guide, professional trainer, public speaker and coach, Antonio finally reconnected with his life-passion... visual storytelling. Currently, he works as a cartoon artist illustrating books and creating animated videos, but also as a graphic facilitator fostering processes of change in organizations.

How do you use storytelling for personal growth? or to promote a change in the culture of an organization? Storytelling has become a tool of collective intelligence used in Paris and around the world to reinvent organizations.

In our June session, Antonio will share his experience as a storyteller and will facilitate an interactive workshop to help people connect with their own "Paris story" and with each other at a different level.

An independent communications consultant, coach, and trainer, Antonio is the founder of Akrobatas, provider of creative empowerment tools.

The programs and workshops on advanced communications that he designs and leads bring together people from diverse cultures to participate in a lively environment making bridges in communications. His passion is to empower people with tailored communications techniques that suit their context and their purpose, and he is committed to the creation of“common ground” across cultures.

A native of Pachuca, Mexico, Antonio is a Master Practitioner and a Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). He has a degree in Communication Sciences from Fundación Universidad de las Américas Puebla, a Masters degree in Film Studies from Université de Paris 3 –Sorbonne Nouvelle, a diploma in Cinema Scriptwriting from the General Society of Writers in Mexico, and a diploma in Documentary Films from France’s École Nationale des Métiers de l’Image et du Son.

Antonio is also a seasoned public speaker and graphic facilitator. As a cartoon artist, he translates the content of corporate events into the language of cartoons.

Antonio is fully fluent in English, French, and Spanish, he can have a conversation in Italian, and he can order beer in German. He lives in Issy les Moulineaux with his wife Susanne and his cats Atreju and Ronia.

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July 11, 2017

Craig Carlson - Pancakes in Paris

Craig Carlson, Restaurateur and Author

“Pancakes in Paris”

Anyone who’s ever been to Paris knows that croissants and pains au chocolate are great for French breakfast. But after a few days, it’s hard not to start craving a good ol’ American breakfast. That’s exactly what happened to Craig. While living in France, he missed breakfast so much, he decided to open the first American Diner in Paris! You can read all about his adventures in a brand new memoir called Pancakes in Paris, about how Craig opened a chain of diners called “Breakfast in America,” which have become a renowned travel destination for hungry expats (and Parisians) who have a hankering for flapjacks, omelets, homefries, bagels, milkshakes and more.

With a background in journalism, Craig received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles where he studied at the University of Southern California, receiving an M.A. in film production. After winning the prestigious John Huston Directing Award, Craig wrote and directed a short film, Wheel of Torture, which went on to win awards at the Chicago Film Festival as well as the Lucille Ball festival of comedy. In 2003, Craig completely shifted gears and opened Breakfast in America. After more than a decade in business, Breakfast in America continues to serve authentic breakfasts and burgers to customers from all over the world.

Join Craig as he discusses his book, including how he came up with the idea for his diner and the challenges he faced opening and operating a business in France.

Web site: Pancakes in Paris
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 Après Midi Takes August Off!

September 12, 2017

Jason Gardner - byTonyGale

Jason Gardner, Author and Photographer

Jason tells stories, using the framework of Visual Anthropology. He recently published A Flower in the Mouth, a book of photography and writing about the culture, music and rituals of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil. Jason has also branched out to photograph other manifestations of this festival in Dunkerque, France; the Dominican Republic; Trinidad; Bahamas; New Orleans and Cajun country in Louisiana; and Brooklyn, New York.

Jason is a founder of Visual Anthropology Press, a book packager dedicated to helping independent authors, photographers, and organizations realize and communicate their vision to their audience. VAP recently produced Scattered Among the Nations, a photography book on remote Jewish communities throughout the world.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Photo District News, New York Magazine, NPR.org, and SPIN Magazine. Clients include Con Edison, HBO, Samsung Corporation, N-Y Historical Society, Ogilvy & Mather, Direct TV, Pfizer, and Human Rights Watch.

Lincoln Center hosted an exhibition of Jason's work at the Out of Doors Festival. New Orleans Jazz Fest has hosted an exhibition and presentation of his work in 2014. The Brazilian Consulate General sponsored an exhibition of his work in Los Angeles in 2013, as well as exhibits in San Francisco in 2010 and NY in 2007.

Other exhibitions include Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, Uma Nota Festival in Toronto, Art From the Heart, and the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts (BEA). Gardner was a Finalist in PDN/National Geographic's “World in Focus” travel photography contest, and featured on the Kodak.com Professional website.

He is a board member, NY Chapter, of The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and co-founder of creative networking community Toasted Almonds.

Jason divides his time between New York and Paris.

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