Alone in Paris
Parler Paris Previews…
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
As far as I’m concerned, nothing can beat the real thing. But Buenos Aires gives the City of Light a run for her money.
Sophisticated and genteel, it’s as cosmopolitan as New York, London, or Paris. Large boulevards, expansive parks and plazas, tall trees… And people use all the community green space. Stroll through a park, and you’ll see portenos (as the locals are called) reading, picnicking, talking… and even dancing the tango.
…which is why I write, in fact.
My colleague at Agora Travel, Barbara Perriello, has put together a grand Tango Tour to Argentina, March 26-April 3, which I’d recommend to you with enthusiasm. It’ll be a very private introduction to that country and its culture. And it’s an excellent value, too.
Throughout the week, you’ll not only enjoy daily tango lessons given by some of the city’s most respected dancers, but also take in famous tango shows… mingle in the evenings at milongas — the traditional places where the tango is danced in town…dine on fine Argentinean beef and seafood in excellent local eateries…and meet with Argentina’s premier sommelier, who will teach you about Argentinean wines as you sample many of the nation’s best offerings.
And now is an extremely affordable time to travel to Argentina. If you’re shopping with dollars, you’ll find bargains wherever you look. Barb, who was there in October, said tango shoes that would go for $100 in the States sell for $30. And you can eat like royalty for next to nothing. You’ll sit down to a gourmet dinner at one of the city’s nicest restaurants, enjoy a glorious steak (cooked perfectly) and endless bottles of wine, and not spend more than $30 per person. Barb said she stopped in a little diner-cafe and had an excellent lunch (with wine) for $2.50.
For all the details: http://www.agoratravel.com/tango/b/
Dear Parler Paris Reader,
Valentine’s Day can easily overlook those of us without a spouse or lover, so it wasn’t surprising that talk of love stirred the pot for some of you readers who want to know what Paris is like for singles. As a “celibataire,” I can tell you that Paris is the answer to a single person’s prayers.
In less urban environments, where you go from one “bubble” to another (from your home to your car to your place of work, etc.) there is less chance to have regular contact and communication with the public as you might in Paris sipping on a Kir at a corner café or just riding a public bus. Just this alone gives you opportunities to meet the love of your life where you’d least expect it. In fact, I know of several love stories that started standing at a light on a street corner with a casual exchange.
Fortunately, too, French men and women are not as cautious with one another about misunderstood sexual innuendos or harassment in the workplace and are much more at ease with their natural sexuality. This opens up more possibilities where you might be otherwise be closed to the idea of connecting up with a colleague you’ve been attracted to.
In Ruth Mastron’s presentation this past weekend (co-author of “Au Contraire: Figuring Out the French”), she described the linear progression of an Anglo-Saxon’s romantic relationships, starting with dating, going steady, getting engaged, then married and possibly ending with divorce. The French have a more circular approach. They meet often within a circle of friends, spend time together within that same circle, bond with one another more over the course of time, leading to invite the other to a family gathering (a big step) and then to eventually seeing each other alone — their circles converging just prior to marriage…the opposite of what we think is the norm. No wonder newcomer single American women in Paris are so surprised when an acceptance to dinner seemed to mean she might be the dessert!
As a single woman, we have the advantage that Paris is very safe city, so being alone late at night isn’t threatening. This is very liberating, as it’s easier to meet someone when you’re alone rather than with friends. You can sit in a café alone and not feel alone or be alone for long if you choose not to be. You can go to a movie alone, or take yourself out for dinner and enjoy your own company, because you have Paris by your side, without feeling like you’re the exception rather than the rule — so many others are single in the City of Light and loving it.
England’s pub culture provides a meeting spot for singles and the U.S. Happy Hour is well-known as a way of getting out of our proverbial bubbles, but the French circle of friends is what most depend on to open the playing field. There are lots of ways of meeting singles within friendship circles that make it easy and natural. In this month’s Continental Airlines in-flight magazine, author Marion Winik listed Jim Haynes’ Sunday night dinners as one of the best ways to score a love affair. That’s true for all the other “meeting places” around town, too, such as “Paris Soirées,” “Parler Parlor,” “Parler Paris Après Midi” and loads of other organizational gatherings that are noted in our Community Calendar (scroll down), in the twice-monthly France USA Contacts magazine or online at http://www.Franglo.com
So, if what you want is to be alone a lot less, then my advice is to take advantage of all the networking opportunities the community offers up, both free and paid, and get out and meet your fellow and female “celibataires.”
A la prochaine…
P.S. Our next Parler Paris Après Midi is Tuesday, March 8th. Mark your calendar and visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for more information.
P.P.S. Parler Paris is seeking a new Calendar Gal or Guy Extraordinaire: unpaid internship, about 3 hours of work per week to coordinate and edit the calendar listings. If you’re interested, please email me at Info@AdrianLeeds.com?subject=Calendar_Editor
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* Where the Black hair salons were, where you could go to listen to soul and gospel music, where to buy sweet potatoes, corn meal and black-eyed peas. This guide explores the African communities in Paris.
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Comedy at the Hôtel du Nord
From England Of Polish Extraction
Booking all shows 01.53.19.98.88 or http://wwww.anythingmatters.com
Company Coincidence Theatre and Vingtième Théâtre present
In the presence of a friend, in a decaying and lonely mansion, an artist on the edge of madness sees his beloved sister dying. But her death is only the beginning… An extraordinary tale as dark as it is sublime. A gothic story embodied in an extreme piece of drame. A ritual that vibrates with physical, visual, and also sound intensity.
ONE WORLD ACTORS PRODUCTIONS-2004 English Theatre presents
Tickets still available for:
Mondays & Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Entry Fees: 40 Euros, 30 Euros, 20 Euros (Reduced/groups 10 or more: 15 Euros)
Carr’s Pub and Restaurant
Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.
Plays in English:
20th February Rachel Ollagnon “Coupling”
Plays in French:
Contact Stephanie Campion at 06.14.67.18.58 to book a reading of YOUR play. June 2005 onwards dates available.
Opera in Three Acts
Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., April 30-June19
Théâtre Darius Milhaud
Dubbed the “King of Ragtime” by his music publisher, Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was a formally educated musician whose popular piano rags inspired him to go on to composition on a larger, far more developed scale and conception. His second opera, Treemonisha, an example of his most serious work, was published in 1911 at his own expense. The story of a young woman who defies the facts of her social and racial background and works her way up the social ladder, trading on education and non-violence, 40 years before Mahatma Gandhi and 60 years before Martin Luther King.Needless to say that Scott Joplin’s chances of raising money to produce his masterpiece were anywhere from modest to remote. The New York Times praised Treemonisha as gently imbued with ragtime, aspiring “to genuine operatic richness.”
Sunday, 20 Fevrier 2005, 6 P.M.
Jay Gottlieb, Piano
Sonate Pour Violon Et Piano–Frederick Martin
Intercommunicazione Pour Violoncelle Et
Souvenir Des Justes Pour Trio–Frederick Martin
Renseignements: 04 90 86 44 58
Bennye Matthews Sings Mon Pays et Paris
February 17, 2005 at 8:30 p.m.
ALESIAN LITERARY SALON By Toby Brothers
Monday Evenings: To the Lighthouse (Start date Monday March 7th)
The current set of Salons wraps up this week- as always, I feel our conversations could continue much longer. I am also hearing some wonderful writing in response to these huge works….perhaps this Spring will see the first Alesian Salon literary collection. Also looking towards the May Salons- there is a strong argument for The Crucible (timely- in memoriam of Arthur Miller as well as politically resonant…), or a Henry James text, or Moby Dick or Middlemarch or Midnights’ Children or Invisible Man…never to early to suggest your ideas.
But now it is time to turn to the next round- the Tuesday night GG/Catcher Salon has 7 signed up, so is moving towards full. The others are also well-subscribed, but there is still room. To sign up: if you have already attended a Salon, you may simply drop me a note (via the website http://literarysalon.free.fr or straight email) to confirm your participation. If this is your first Salon, your participation is insured with a 25 Euro deposit ( inscribed to Toby Brothers, sent to 3 ter rue d’Alesia, Paris 75014). I am also organizing a student Salon (12-17) for Catcher- if you know of an enthusiastic young reader, please have them contact me- I am hoping to schedule four meetings in March to meet and understand the elusive Holden Caulfield- nice guy, needs some help.
Easter Monday, 28 March, 2005, 8 p.m. Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris, 75005
Reading of “Whinings of a Malcontent,” a play in one act written and performed by American stand-up comic, Rick Ashton (A&E Network, Comedy Central). “Whinings” is full of sex, death, politics, religion- (you know, a comedy!) set deep within Bush-occupied America. It was censored in Sacramento, California, do to it’s political content. Scheduled to open August 6, 2004, just blocks from Governor Schwarzenegger’s mansion, the theatre owner backed-out during production, citing his “right-wing republican audiences wouldn’t get it for fear of accepting the truth”.
Ashton hosted an award-winning radio show in Boulder, Colorado. He has
PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
Next Meeting: March 8th, 2005 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to network with other Parler Paris readers.
Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Buffet. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development Bring lots of Business Cards to exchange with others. You must bring a card.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
PARIS SOIREE DINNERS
cia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge our circle of acquaintances in a safe and stimulating atmosphere while promoting Cultural Achievement, The New Age and Paris Personalities. And we have fun! We are THE gathering place for the International Community of Paris. Enjoy! Discuss! Meet new and interesting people.
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. INTERNATIONAL CUISINE.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
27 Years Of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes
Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.
The newest arts salon in Paris takes place in a Bastille gallery. Artists and experimental/electro DJ Wet.
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
Make your health and fitness dreams a reality
Keep fit and toned with cardiovascular, resistance and
Contact Wendy 06.31.17.46.45
Vernissage March 4th 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
I V Y Paris
Tuesday, 22 February – The launch of Canadian ex-pat author, Lisa Pasold’s book WEAVE
Thursday, 3 March – Vernissage for exposition of small scale work from new I V Y artists
Thursday, 10 March – Vernissage for solo exposition of EBEN/Benoit Boucherot’s new paintings
Art Styles of the Rich and Famous
Before there were museums, there were cabinets de curiosités. Also known as wunderkammen, or cabinets of wonder, noble collectors arranged their most precious objects in these cabinets for delectation and display. Every home of standing would feature one, a kind of VIP room for high culture. The 19th-century Salomon de Rothschild mansion in Paris was no exception.
Our new 1.5- hour tour “The Rothschild Private Collection” will focus primarily on this cabinet de curiosités, a room brimming with the findings of Salomon and Adele Rothschild, members of the formidable finance dynasty’s Paris branch. You’ll see how collecting treasures and constructing mansions like this one were part of an elaborate effort to create le goût Rothschild, the family’s “brand” of taste and sophistication.
Rates. 75 Euros per person
To reserve, visit
Mona Lisa Moves
If you’ve been to the Louvre’s Grande Galerie in the last four years, you may have noticed large grey construction walls marring its otherwise spectacular space. Behind those walls, workers were busy renovating the Salle des États. Salle 6 on the first floor of the Louvre’s Denon wing –o otherwise known as “the place where Mona Lisa is supposed to be”– will finally open its doors this April.
Leonardo’s Mona Lisa will no longer be exiled from the rest of her creator’s paintings: La Belle Ferronière, Virgin of the Rocks, and John the Baptist. In her newly restored setting, she’ll be smiling at familiar Venetian company too. Veronese’s epic Wedding of Cana, once awkwardly wedged between French history paintings, will also make its triumphal return to the Salle des États.
In preparation for the big move, Mona Lisa will be hidden from her admiring public on one historic day: Monday, April 4, 2005. But everything should be back to normal in time for American director Ron Howard to begin shooting his film adaptation of “The Da Vinci Code” in May. Howard has just received permission from the Ministry of Culture to shoot inside the Louvre. And, conveniently enough, the Salle des États is a featured site in Dan Brown’s mystery thriller.
Read more about our “Cracking ‘The Da Vinci Code’ at the Louvre” tour
Les Expos en Cours
Dijkstra at the Jeu de Paume, Bartholdi at Arts et Métiers, and Pharoahs at the Institut du Monde Arabe
Read more about those current exhibitions and others
to people currently taking part and find out how it is benefitting them. Wine and canap? too. From 7:30 p.m.
Drawing classes (portrait/life model)
Poetry Workshop at WICE
The Pleasure of Process: A Weekend of Poetry
This intensive workshop is open to anyone with a serious interest in writing poetry, from beginners to those more experienced writers who wish to grow.
The workshop will take place in two stages: Stage One is a generative “lab” focusing on process and literary techniques, and Stage Two will allow constructive criticism of student work-in-progress by the instructor and class.
Cecilia Woloch, author of three collections of poetry, most recently Late, teaches at Emory College.
February 12 and 13–Saturday & Sunday
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris March 17th, 2005
SOUP AND SALAD ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Join us at the Parler Parlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form conversation with native French and English speakers. Practice speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in groups of six to eight, each in its own acoustically sound private room.
Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations
Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
2005 is the YEAR OF LANGUAGES!
Astro Paris by Eric Francis
Chiron in Aquarius
The shocking news of the week, and the best astrology news in quite a while, is that Chiron is about to go into Aquarius for the first time since 1961. This happens Monday, Feb. 21, 2005 at 6:09 pm GMT in London, 1:09 pm EST in New York, 10:09 am PST in California, 13:56 local time at Cydonia Mensae, at the ‘Face on Mars’.
So much of what we take for granted today arrived during this time in history.
In other news, the Sun goes into Pisces on Feb. 18, close on the wings of Merucy, which went into Pisces on Weds. The 16th. There is a highly energized Virgo New Moon on Feb. 24.
Happy Birthday, Aquarius!
For the annual 2005 horoscope from Eric Francis, please visit this link:
Eric Francis is a Paris-based astrological writer and consultant with 10 years experience. You can reach him via his United States office at (206) 567-4455 during Eastern business hours (speak to Ms. Bottinelli), or in Paris at 01 4329-0834. You can visit his web page at http://planetwaves.net/ where you can subscribe to the long-awaited 2005 annual horoscope.
Mairie of the 3rd Arrondissement announces:
Le musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme
Film: Weapons of Mass Deception
For information: The Center for the Study of International Communication is having a talk with Walter Wells Executive Editor of the International Herald Tribune and Author of Dangerous De-Liasons on February 17, 2005 at 7-8.30 p.m. American University of Paris Grand Salon RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01.45.00.42.83 Free for AUP students, CECI members and Press, 10 Euros for non-members. PLACES LIMITED
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR DEMOCRATS
The Congressman will, nonetheless, appear at a general speaking event in Paris on Monday, February 21. Information is as follows:
This meeting provides a very exciting occasion for us all. Rep. Chandler is the only Democrat from Kentucky in Congress, sits on the International Relations Committee, and wants to help us, Americans living abroad, get our overseas issues across to our policy-makers. This is also the most effective way we have to express our foreign policy views. To learn more about him: http://chandler.house.gov/ (then About Ben)
UW-MADISON ALUMNI GATHER FOR A CLASSIC MIDWESTERN EVENING IN PARIS Funny shoes, popcorn and beer: a night on the lanes in the city of light
PARIS – - A night of bowling is planned for University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni on February 10th, 2005 at the Bowling Mouffetard, 5th arrondissement at 7:30 P.M.
For the first time, UW Alums, known throughout the world for their academic excellence, their progressive world-view and continual cheerfulness, will bring part of Midwestern culture to Paris, the city they inhabit and love. For some, the event will be a blast from the past; reminiscent of university nights spent talking politics, life, and love over cheap beers. And for those who are lucky enough to attend as guests it will be a unique peek into a different kind of Americana.
Most students study at the university more than four years, not a reflection of their academic abilities, rather their willingness to understand the world that surrounds them. The phrase often heard around the Madison Campus: “Work hard, play hard” says it all. Madison is a place where people are genuinely engaged in learning, while enjoying life in a distinctive city in America’s varied landscape. Europeans have scarcely encountered that way of life and this is what the University’s French Alumni Club seeks to advance.
The recent history of tenuous relations between France and the United States has amplified negative stereotypes across the Atlantic. The club hopes, through its many events, to demystify existing misunderstandings of Middle America, while having some good, old-fashioned fun.
CONTACT: Kyle SCHNEIDER, Coordinator For Immediate Release +33 (0)1 43 57 77 15 email@example.com
AMERICAN WOMEN’S GROUP
A few of the February opportunities:
16th Estelle’s Flowers
A few of the March opportunities:
2nd Louvre & Egypt: Art in the Land of the Pharaohs
The AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS Presents Evenings With An Expert…
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
Evenings With An Expert are free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Just show up.
MARCH 15. “Corporate Social Responsibility: How Europeans And Americans Understand This Term Differently.” The expert is Kate Fish, the Paris representative of the San Francisco-based consultancy Business for Social Responsibility.
APRIL 19. “Killer of the Modern World: The Mortality Effect of Climate Change (A Case Study of the 2003 Canicule).” The expert is Magali Barbieri, a Paris-based researcher at the Institut national d’études démographiques.
MAY 24. “The European Union.” How is it governed now, what would the proposed constitution change, and how is the ratification process going to unfold? The expert is Peter Linton, the Brussels-based Europe Chairman of BKSH (the worldwide government relations division of Burson-Marsteller).
JUNE 14. “EU Competition Law.” What a
re the rules, what are the grey areas, what are the battles, and how does all of that affect us? The expert is Pierre Kirch, Paris- and Brussels-based head of the EU law/competition law practice group of Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker.
American Library in Paris 10 rue du Général Camou 75007 Paris 01.53.59.12.60 Fax: 01.45.50.25.83 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. http://americanlibraryinparis.org
This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at
One announcement of particular interest from the Peace Corps this week:
Greetings from the Peace Corps. Si vous pouvez lire cette phrase, vous pourriez travailler avec le Corps de la Paix. The Peace Corps currently has a particularly high number of requests for qualified French speakers for assignments in Francophone Africa, and I am seeking ways of making these service learning opportunities available to students at Sonoma State. Students with a BA degree and volunteer experience can qualify to work in one of Peace Corps’ many project areas, including health, business, education, or community development. There are also many other programs that do not require previous language study. Applicants who submit their applications by February 21st may be considered for programs that leave as early as this summer! Marilyn Petersen, Regional Recruiter, Peace Corps, Uzbekistan, 1996-2000. 1.800.424.8580, option #1, extension 8793 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
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Alone in Paris
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