Alone in Paris


 

Café Culture on the Ile Saint Louis
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Alone in Paris

Parler Paris Previews…
A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris
/parlerparis/

Calendar #45

Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Paris, France

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Special Sponsored Message
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The Paris of South America…

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/

Adrian

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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…



Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
info@adrianleeds.com

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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Further resources:
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Can’t get enough to read about Paris and France? These are our favorite books by our favorite authors. You’ll find “Au Contraire” and lots of others at:
/parlerparis/books/index.html

* Practice speaking French and English with people from all over the world! What a great way to make new friends.
http://www.parlerparlor.com/

* 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.
http://www.insiderparisguides.com/black/index.html

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Calendar #45
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Paris, France
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Thank you, Adrian

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Strictly Entertainment:
Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance
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Comedy at the Hôtel du Nord

From England Of Polish Extraction
Dan Antopolski
Hôtel du Nord
102 quai de Jemmapes
Paris 10th
Monday, February 21 and Tuesday, February 22
8:30 p.m.
20 & 17 Euros
Reduced rates if you get there in time at http://www.anythingmatters.com

Tom Rhodes
Hôtel du Nord
102 quai de Jemmapes
Paris 10th
Tuesday, March 1
8:30 p.m.
20 & 17 Euros
Reduced rates if you get there in time at http://www.anythingmatters.com

Booking all shows 01.53.19.98.88 or http://wwww.anythingmatters.com

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Company Coincidence Theatre and Vingtième Théâtre present
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Steven Berkoff in English directed by Gerald GARUTTI

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.

Vingtième Théâtre
7, rue des Plâtrières, 75020 Paris
Métro: Ménilontant or Gambetta
2nd-13th of March 2005
From Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday 3 p.m.
Lenght of performance: 1h15
Entry Fees: 20 Euros, 15 Euros, 10 Euros
Bookings: 01 43 66 01 13 (Vingtième Théâtre)

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ONE WORLD ACTORS PRODUCTIONS-2004 English Theatre presents
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare in English
directed by Kim-Michelle BRODERICK
Mondays at 8 p.m.
Studio-Theatre de la Comédie Française
Carrousel du Louvre, entrance 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Métro: Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre

Tickets still available for:
February 16 (complete) & 23
April 12, 19 , 26
May 3, 24, 31
and June 14, 21

Mondays & Thursdays at 8 p.m.
at UNESCO,7 place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris
Métro: Cambronne
March 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
April 1 & 5

Entry Fees: 40 Euros, 30 Euros, 20 Euros (Reduced/groups 10 or more: 15 Euros)
By reservation only: phone 01.48.28.09.26
or by email at angloplay@wanadoo.fr

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MOVING PARTS
Play Readings

Carr’s Pub and Restaurant
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries

Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.

Plays in English:

20th February Rachel Ollagnon “Coupling”
6th March Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
13th March Paul Delmont “The Interrogation of Miriam of Nazareth”
20th March Mary Bruton-Sandifer “Hunting Season” (2nd reading)
17th April NC Heikin “Femail”
1st May Robert Watson Barr “Sixty”
22nd May Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
29th May Thomas Dooley “Discretion”

Plays in French:
3rd April Romain Bisseret “Mariage d’Amis”
1st May Pascal Loison “Intimités”

Contact Stephanie Campion at 06.14.67.18.58 to book a reading of YOUR play. June 2005 onwards dates available.

Latest version always available on the website: http://www.scamparis.com
or send an email to Stephanie stef@movingparts.org.uk

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Musical Interludes
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In concert
j2999h Rouse & Band
Sunday, March 6th, 8 p.m.
Le trabendo Parc de la Villette
Paris 19th
Tickets in advance 22 Euros (go to website to book)
http://www.anythingmatters.com

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Opera in Three Acts
Words and music by Scott Joplin

Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., April 30-June19

Théâtre Darius Milhaud
80, Allée Darius Milhaud
75019 Paris
M° Porte de Pantin
Call 01-42-01-92-26 for reservations

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.
Musée du Petit Palais, Avignon

Jay Gottlieb, Piano
Alexis Galperine, Violon
Frederic Baldassare, Violoncelle

Sonate Pour Violon Et Piano–Frederick Martin
(Création Mondiale)

Intercommunicazione Pour Violoncelle Et
Piano–Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Souvenir Des Justes Pour Trio–Frederick Martin
(Création Mondiale)

Renseignements: 04 90 86 44 58
Appdms@Yahoo.Fr

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Bennye Matthews Sings Mon Pays et Paris
La Nuit Americaine
Music of Salvador Po, Billie Holiday, A. Hammer and John Simms
Théatre de la Bastille
5, rue Nicholas Appert, 11th
01 48 07 52 07
March 14, 2005 8 p.m.
20 Euros

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February 17, 2005 at 8:30 p.m.
Concert exceptionnel au palais de l’UNESCO.
Salle no. 1 des conférences. 7 place de Fontenoy
Paris 7th
Métro: Ségur, Cambronne

Le Choeur Européen de Paris and its orchestra under the direction of Hugues Reiner will perform: Mahler’s 10th Symphony and the Mozart Requiem.

(Over 150 artists and a cast of soloists around the famous soprano Sandrine Piau)

Tickets are 30 Euros. This benefit concert will be given for the humanitarian action of Espoir sans frontières in Sri Lanka (which works with the association Green Hope, active there for over 30 years). Out of each ticket sold, 15 Euros will go directly to this association.

Tickets can be purchased at:
FNAC-Carrefour 08.92.68.36.22
Virgin Mégastore, Auchan, Leclerc, Galeries Lafayette, Cultura, La Samaritaine, Le Progrès de Lyon,
Le Choeur Européen de Paris 01.43.87.49.80
On site à UNESCO the evening of the concert after 7:30 p.m.

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Literary Events
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ALESIAN LITERARY SALON By Toby Brothers

Website: http://literarysalon.free.fr
Call 06.85.13.81.27 or email literarysalon@wanadoo.fr for more
information.

Monday Evenings: To the Lighthouse (Start date Monday March 7th)
Tuesday Evenings: Catcher in the Rye & Great Gatsby: Comparative study looking at two different modes of social critique in the Modern Age
(Start date Tuesday March 15th)
Tuesday Afternoons: To the Lighthouse Probably…

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.

Other events…
This Thursday come view the documentary created by two French professors:

Couleur(s) d’Amerique
Thursday 17 Feverier a 20h
At: Ecole Normale Surperieure, Salle Dussane
45 rue d’Ulm Paris 5e
50 minutes, in English with French subtitles- followed by debate/discussion with co-realistrices….

“Fifteen people (French and American) talking about the colors of America: art, landscape and race with both passion and irony.”

The Red Wheelbarrow bookstore is working with the Salon to provide texts for the upcoming Salons — and are offering the best price. They have some copies now, but I believe most will arrive in 2 weeks. You might want to call first to be sure, but any visit to this lovely book-lovers haven is not wasted. Abigail and Penelope are wonderful women who know the books they sell and love to talk about reading and writers. And who doesn’t need an excuse to go to the Marais?

The Red Wheelbarrow
24 rue St. Paul
Paris 4e- metro: Sully-morland or Pont Marie
01.48.04.75.08

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AMERICAN POLITICAL COMIC at SHAKESPEARE & CO-PARIS

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
appeared several times on National TV and Radio, as well as many local
shows across the US. He is a frequent visitor to Paris, and even
marched in the Anti-War demonstrations in the streets of Paris in
Spring 2003.

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Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings
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PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
/parlerparis/apresmidi.html

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

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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
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia’s Tel: 01.43.26.12.88, email: parisnetwork@hotmail.com

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PARIS SOIREE DINNERS
Every Sunday

Patri

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.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia’s Tel: 01.43.26.12.88,
email: parissoirees@noos.fr

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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.

Jim Haynes
Atelier A2
83, rue de la Tombe Issoire
75014 Paris
01.43.27.17.67, email jim_haynes@wanadoo.fr

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The newest arts salon in Paris takes place in a Bastille gallery. Artists and experimental/electro DJ Wet.
Call 06.17.40.82.04 for information or email suzanne@ivyparis.com
Every Thursday from 7p.m. to 11p.m.
25 rue Keller, 75011 PARIS
Métro: Bastille

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Services
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Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html

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Make your health and fitness dreams a reality

Keep fit and toned with cardiovascular, resistance and
core training. Qualified English personal trainer,
aerobics teacher and life coach available for one to
one motivation and group work. Telephone coaching for
general life coaching/specific nutrition and fitness
goals.

Contact Wendy 06.31.17.46.45
wendyfisk@yahoo.com

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Art and Culture
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Roy Camblin
La France en Images
March 4 – 18, 2005
Le Bar – Pub Playboy
12, rue Frochot, 9th
01 42 81 29 54, 06 17 01 27 88

Vernissage March 4th 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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I V Y Paris
Every Thursday is our weekly salon from 7-11 p.m.

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

Artists :
John Agee Jewellery design
Karen Ahrens Photography
Matt Anzak Painting
EBEN/Benoit Boucherot Painting
Tom Byrne Painting/Drawing
Whitey Flagg Sculpture/Drawing
Suzanne Hollands Conceptual
Sabine Kolmel Painting
Andre Niemeyer Painting
Francis Powell Painting
Michael Radin Photography
Florian Raffenne Video
Jun-Pierre Shiozawa Painting
Adam Steiner Drawing/Light
Camille Wielanek Photography
DJ Wet Sound
DJ Wise Sound

Ivy Paris
25 rue Keller
75011 PARIS
httt://www.ivyparis.com
Métro Bastille/Ledru Rollin
info@ivyparis.com
salon@ivyparis.com
06 26 08 87 16

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PARIS MUSE

Art Styles of the Rich and Famous
Paris Muse Has Privileged Access to the Salomon de Rothschild Mansion

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
http://www.parismuse.com/index.shtml?ef=0000014

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
http://www.parismuse.com/index.shtml?ef=0000014

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
http://www.parismuse.com/index.shtml?ef=0000014

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Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
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NLP Soir?- Thursday 24 February 2005
An evening opportunity to meet trainers Robbie Steinhouse and Ed Hines, see a brief NLP presentation and learn what’s involved in NLP training. Chat

to people currently taking part and find out how it is benefitting them. Wine and canap? too. From 7:30 p.m.

NLP Taster Day – Monday 28th February 2005
A chance to spend a fun day getting an overview of NLP and come away with practical skills you can use right away. Receive a tour of NLP’s most important principles and practical techniques and increase your rapport skills, motivation and confidence. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 75011 Paris. 30 Euros.

Futher information at http://www.coachingconsultancy.com/training/htm

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Drawing classes (portrait/life model)


Would you like to learn or improve your drawing skills? Award-winning art director and artist Brett Petrie is holding a weekend intensive portrait/life model drawing class – taught in English – on 5-6 March 2005. The course will provide a relaxed, constructive atmosphere, with practical techniques and ideas that can help break down the barriers to improving drawing skills. Beginners and more accomplished artists are welcome. Class size limited to 15. Fee includes materials and model fees. Call Brett on 01 42 33 76 71 for more details, a brochure (with samples of his own art) by email, and to reserve your place.

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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
10:00 a.m. ­12:00 noon; 1:30-4:00 p.m.
The fee is 99 Euros, payable in advance.
At WICE, 20, boulevard du Montparnasse, 75015
Métro: Duroc or Falguière.
Please contact WICE for questions at 01.45.66.75.50
http://www.ceciliawoloch.com

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Learning la Langue Française
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Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
http://www.parlerparlor.com

Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris March 17th, 2005

NEXT EVENT

SOUP AND SALAD ANNIVERSARY PARTY
MARCH 19TH AT EUROCENTRES
Lunch 10 Euros
Save 10 Euros When You Buy a 10-Session Card That Day!
Or
Save 20 Euros When You Buy a 20-Session Card That Day!

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.
38 Avenue de l’Opéra
2nd arrondissement, Paris
Opéra, RER A Auber

At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
13 passage Dauphine (entrance at 30 rue Dauphine, between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership and General Information
http://www.parlerparlor.com
Email: info@parlerparlor.com
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: 01.44.19.76.61
Adrian Leeds, Tel: 01.40.27.97.59

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2005 is the YEAR OF LANGUAGES!
http://www.yearoflanguages.org for details

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Astro-Paris by Eric Francis
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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’.

For those who would like to start from the beginning on Chiron, it was discovered in 1977 by astronomer Charles Kowal and was the first major planetary discovery since Pluto in 1930. Chiron’s themes are very much in tune with the era in which it was discovered, and center on what was at the time called ‘human potential’. Yes, there was a time in history not so long ago when people were willing to admit that the human race had actual potential. The mid-to-late 70s were a daring era in history, with much experimentation in feminism, therapy, spiritual ideology, divination and astrology, organic food and sexuality. Holistic healing was starting to get attention.

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!
Within days from now, Chiron makes its ingress into your birth sign. In the words of William Butler Yates, “Surely some revelation is at hand.” This is a true beginning for you, a time of focusing your mind and your life; a time of heightened awareness; a time of the most intense self-understanding you’ve ever known. At this point, you stand on the brink of who you truly are. Are you ready? I think you are. Are you willing? You have no choice, because the time is upon you. There will be moments when you will look at the world and see it as a different place; many times, as well, when you will look at yourself and see an entirely different person. This is not an illusion; this is the time.

For the annual 2005 horoscope from Eric Francis, please visit this link:
http://planetwaves.net/2005horoscope.html

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.

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Community Announcements
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Mairie of the 3rd Arrondissement announces:

Le musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme
Jews of France in World War II
Exhibition February 16 to 29, 2005
Read in French:
http://www.mairie3.paris.fr/mairie3/jsp/Portail.jsp?id_article=9044&id_rubrique=491

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DEMOCRATS ABROAD

Film: Weapons of Mass Deception
Inside the Media War You Never Saw
A film by Danny Schechter
Followed by a discussion with journalists

Sponsored by Young Dems Abroad

MONday, FEBRUARY 28
at 6:30 PM
American University of Paris
31 avenue Bosquet, 75007
Grand Salon
Contribution: 5 Euros

There were two wars in Iraq — a military assault and a media war. The former was well-covered; the latter was not. Until now–.

For security reasons, you MUST RSVP
Email Harolyn Mitchell: hdml@bigfoot.com

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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 pariscenter@mail.pariscenter.org or call 01.45.00.42.83 Free for AUP students, CECI members and Press, 10 Euros for non-members. PLACES LIMITED

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR DEMOCRATS
BAD NEWS/GOOD NEWS


We are very disappointed to tell you that Congressman Ben Chandler US House of Representatives, 6th District, Kentucky cannot be in Paris on February 19, the evening that Democrats Abroad France had so enthusiastically planned a fundraising dinner for him. Because of his seat on the International Relations Mid-East subcommittee, Congressman Chandler has been asked to appear in the Middle East that weekend.

The Congressman will, nonetheless, appear at a general speaking event in Paris on Monday, February 21. Information is as follows:

Where: Planet Hollywood, 78 ave des Champs Elysees, 75008
When: Monday, February 21, 17:00-18:30
Topic: What Impact Does Congress have on US Foreign Policy Decisions
and How can Congress Help to Mend Relations with France?
Question and answer period afterwards.

A contribution to Democrats Abroad would be appreciated.
Suggested contribution: 10 Euros

RSVP: ammattson@wanadoo.fr

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)

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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 france@uwalumni.com

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AMERICAN WOMEN’S GROUP

A few of the February opportunities:

16th Estelle’s Flowers
16-17th Beyond Paris – London
22nd Pharoh Exhibit
23rd Lunch Around the World

A few of the March opportunities:

2nd Louvre & Egypt: Art in the Land of the Pharaohs
3rd Le Cordon Bleu Wine Tasting
7th Story of the Louvre Part III
9th Estelle’s Flowers — Tour of the Flower Markets
12th BIG EVENT: WINE & SPIRITS AUCTION!!! CALL NOW TO
RESERVE!!
14th AWG Coffee
15th Musée Cognacq-Jay
16th Lunch Around the World Series
17-18th Beyond Paris – Quimper
17th Masterpieces of the d’Orsay (Evening)
19th Versailles
21st Ile de la Cité Walking Tour
22nd Van Gogh
23rd Early Days of Ancient Greece – Louvre

The Wine & Spirits Auction!
Join us for our biggest event of the year on Saturday, March 12, 2005! Our annual auction of wine, champagne and spirits will be run by the prestigious auction house, Christie’s France. The finest purveyors of luxury goods in France have donated items for our Silent Auction. There will be great prizes in our Tombola and lots of fun for everyone! 55 Euros per person. Reserve early, tickets sell out!

American Women’s Group
32, rue du General Bertrand
75007 Paris France
Tel: 01.42.73.36.74
awgparis@wanadoo.fr
http://www.awgparis.org

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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

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For Our Bay Area Friends
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This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at
http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/BAFLHomepage.shtml

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 mpetersen@peacecorps.gov

To subscribe to the Bay Area Francophile List, send an e-mail message to listserv@sonoma.edu. The message should read:
SUBSCRIBE BAF-L “Your e-mail here”

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