Appreciating Bacon and Taking a Look at the Hood


Bacon at the Picasso

Appreciating Bacon
and Taking a Look at the Hood

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Calendar #53

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

I walk past the back of the Musée Picasso on rue Vieille du Temple almost daily, but it had been years since I had ventured inside. Long lines to enter the Bacon-Picasso “La vie des images” exhibit (on till May 30th), kept us from queuing up on Sunday afternoon. Living so near made it possible to try again on Monday late afternoon (and play “hooky” from duties at the desk) to “jog” over with a friend visiting from California.

I will not delve deeply into the virtues of this exhibit, except to say that one could describe Francis Bacon’s paintings as “haunting.” I I personally find them “transcendental” — as if no human hand touched paint, nor brush, nor canvas — these strange and ethereal images simply landed on the surface in a flash, meant to seduce and intrigue us. Juxtaposed with Pablo Picasso’s abstract, yet concrete forms, exposing Bacon’s fascination for both Picasso’s style and subject matter, the collection of 100 works is meticulously curated and placed strategically in eight rooms of the “Hôtel Salé,” one of the “quartier’s” most beautiful private mansions. Built between 1656 and 1659 for Pierre Aubert, Seigneur de Fontenay, the man responsible for collecting salt tax, the most stunning feature is the “escalier d’honneur” (stairwell).

As I stood inside the magnificent manor, looking out onto the rear garden and the small park just beyond, the spaces I normally see from the outside on the street, it struck me how easily we can become jaded, not to appreciate what we have closest to us.

So far, it hasn’t happened. In fact, appreciation becomes more acute with each passing day, particularly life in Le Marais, where so much is available to us in such close proximity.

Just this morning, in an interview/meeting with Olivier Ferrand, Assistant to the Mayor (of the 3rd) in Charge of Finance, Urbanism, Economic Development and Communication, Pascal Fonquernie (director of and I learned that not only was the Mairie of the 3rd arrondissement the first, but is still the only city hall in all of France to offer free WiFi connection with more than 20 computers available for public usage. You don’t have to be IN the Mairie to benefit, either! Just sit in a cafe nearby with your laptop and log on (be sure to open a browser such as Explorer in order to access it)! Note: The service is part of an experiment with Wi-Fi Meteor Networks and a full listing of 261 Hot Spots in Paris is available at

Mayor of the 3rd, Pierre Aidenbaum, is known to be a leader in the city for progressive initiatives. In the last re-election, he won almost 70% of the vote, a record high, and it was a paradox for such a rich neighborhood to vote “socialist.” He is extremely present among the people — I see him regularly on the street and in the neighboring shops and restaurants. He also boldly supports anti-racist thought and activities, evident by various Mairie-sponsored events such as the upcoming ceremony commemorating National Deportation Day April 25th, 11 a.m. at 14 rue de Bretagne, a few steps from my own door. I intend to attend — and you’re invited, of course.

M. Ferrand was very open to ideas we had to add English language articles for the Anglophone community living in the Marais on their Web site and in their magazines. The community is clearly growing, even though it is impossible to ascertain any real statistics.

To bring the community together even more, Pascal Fonquernie manages a formidable Web portal for Le Marais at On April 15th, the first email newsletter will be broadcast, with an opening article every month by “yours truly” and lots of great tips and information on visiting this historic part of Paris. (To subscribe free, visit

For those of you wanting to learn more about what’s happening in the 3rd, visit and to find the city hall Web site for any arrondissement, visit


la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. Be sure to scroll down for everything going on in Paris this coming week and beyond, especially the poetry readings starting Monday night thanks to the Paris Poetry Workshop III.

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Calendar #53
Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

La Compagnie Lester McNutt presents: TREEMONISHA by Scott Joplin 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-June 19

Théâtre Darius Milhaud 80, Allée Darius Milhaud, 75019 Paris
Métro: 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.”


The International Players present: THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE April 14th, 15th, and 16th at 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th at 2:30 p.m.

Salle des Fêtes Quai Voltaire, 78230 Le Pecq RER line A: Le Vésinet-Le Pecq Adults: 15 Euros, Students: 10 Euros Reservations:
Phone: 06 76 27 11 07


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: April 17 NC Heikin “Femail”
May 1 Robert Watson Barr “Sixty”
May 22 Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
May 29 Thomas Dooley “Discretion”

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

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

Latest version always available on the website: or send an email to Stephanie

Literary Events

April 17 – 22, 2005

MONday, April 18, 8:00 p.m
Poetry Reading: Live Poets Society
with Michelle Noteboom, James Emmanuel and Sean Street
Hosted by John Klipham

Location: The Highlander Pub (downstairs)
8, rue de Nevers
6th arrondissement
Metro: St-Michel or Odéon
4 Euros at the door

TUESday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading at WICE
Featuring Heather Hartley, Marcia Lebre, Patrick Williamson and Cecilia Woloch Hosted by Barbara Beck

Location: WICE
50 Blvd. du Montparnasse (downstairs)
14th arrondissement
Métro: Duroc or Montparnasse

WEDNESday, April 20, 7 p.m.
Poetry Reading at le Caveau des Oubliettes
Featuring Jennifer Dick, Ellen Hinsey, Lisa Pasold and Kathleen
Spivack Hosted by Cecilia Woloch

Location: le Caveau des Oubliettes
52 rue Galande (downstairs in the jazz cellar)
5th arrondissment
Métro: St. Michel

FRIday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Closing Poetry Reading
Featuring workshop participants & Sarah Luczaj and Cecilia Woloch Hosted
by Shakespeare & Co. Bookshop

Location: Polly Magoo’s (upstairs)
3-5 rue du Petit Pont
5th arrondissement
Métro: St. Michel


Shakespeare and Company events:

MONday, 25th April, 8pm: LEONARD PITT will give a reading based on his book “PARIS DISPARU”.

FRIday, 29th April, 7pm: Alan Jenkins is a distinguished London Poet and Deputy Editor with The Times Literary Supplement. He has also served as a visiting professor of modern poetry and creative writing at the American University of Paris. His most recent collection, A Shorter Life has been praised as his most formally satisfying collection to date.

“Jenkins combines extreme technical skill with outspoken expression and intense feeling…The outcome is an indivisible whole… ingenious in execution, free-ranging, devoted to truth.” – Kenneth Cox, Agenda (cover painting by David Bromley)

Shakespeare and Company,37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris


The Village Voice invites you to hear the Canadian novelist Jane Urquhart,
Apri l7 at 7 p.m..
Village Voice. 6 rue Princesse, Paris 75006
Métro: Mabillon, Odéon or St Germain de Prés


NEW ENGLISH MAGAZINE EVENT for “GoGo” PARIS IN ENGLISH,a new cultural and language magazine. FASHION, ART, FOOD, SHOPPING, CLUBS, MUSIC, TV, DESIGN, DANCE, OPERA, THEATRE. The first issue comes out in April.

April 14, 8-11:00 p.m.
Soiree at: La Mezzanine du PALAIS de TOKYO DJs Princesse Lea and Jean Love.
Open Bar. RSVP:


The American Library in Paris presents: Evenings With An Author Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation

American Library in Paris 10 Rue du Général Camou, 75007
Métro: École Militaire, Alma-Marceau, RER C Pont d’Alma
Bus: 42, 63, 69, 80, 82 and 92

For more information, please call 01 53 59 12 60 or Email

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: May 10th, 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




Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia)

Cocktail Buffet.

Next Wednesday 20 April at 6:30:

THE SECRETS OF A GREAT CV (actually, TWO kinds of great CVs)”. Featuring Shari Segall, President of Foreign Affairs, Ltd and Networking Expert.

When Shari Leslie Segall arrived in Paris in 1985, she talked her way into what she calls “the greatest job in the world.” Since then, she has been giving presentations (for organizations such as WICE, etc.), interviews (for books & articles) & advice (through her company Foreign Affairs, Ltd.) on how to use this technique, as well as on writing a great Curriculum Vitae & preparing for job interviews.

Foreign Affairs, Ltd. specializes in marketing, p.r., document creation (newsletters, brochures, web text, speeches, ghostwritten books), event organizing & advice to expats. Shari also teaches part-time at Sciences Po. Under the nom de plume Dale Gershwin, she is a published author whose books are set in or about France; her latest book, “France…REALLY!!!” will be available for purchase (at a discount) & dedication the evening of her talk.

(Please bring a pen and paper to this presentation, for note taking.)

PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.



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

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(NEW TIME! Happy Hour Is At 6:30 p.m. Don’t Miss It.)

PARIS SOIREES: 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.



6:30 p.m. (NEW TIME! Happy Hour Is At 6:30. Don’t Miss It.)

Our Guest of Honor will be CHARLES ASH, Art Collector.

Charles has spoken to us before about the ins and outs of collecting art in Paris – from flea markets to art dealers to auction houses. His presentation on African Art (Picasso and the “Demoiselles d’Avignon”) was moving and extraordinary. As was his talk on the life and times of the Art Historian and Collector, Bernard Berenson. Now Charles has more: on collecting 19th and 20th century European Paintings and Drawings.

Location: This week we’re at Patricia’s place on the I’le St. Louis Métro: Sully-Morland (closest) or Pont-Marie.

PARTICIPATION: It’s 20 Euros in an envelope with your name, home telephone and email if we don’t already have it. Please include your card.

CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Thanks for reserving via return
email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. Tel: 01 43 26 12 88


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, email


Jewelry Showing

All are welcome for a tea party on Sunday where Linda Peterson, a jewelry designer, will show her lovely designs. Her pieces are unique, interesting and affordable. Her London shows are always cleaned out with women leaving with 3-4 pieces each! Men are welcome. This is a great opportunity to stock up on givts well-vetted by a room full of supoortive experts on what women like!

Sunday 17 April 14:00-17:00 10 rue Faraday, 17th Door code: 3945 2nd floor, right hand side

Please R.S.V.P. by Friday April 15th,


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

Art and Culture

VIRTUE AND VICE at the Grand Palais, a 1.5-hour guided tour with Paris Muse.

Our new tour of this special exhibit, led by a specialist in French art, will focus on the crème de la crème from this “Golden Age” of French painting.

Our chosen theme Virtue and Vice will make the paintings’ meanings more vividly accessible. It will also introduce you to the major cultural debates of the period­what and who was both good and bad in painting?

You will follow the transformation of subjects deemed appropriate for art, from the virtue of deeply-felt religious and mythological subjects to the vice of what were politely called “the loves of the Gods”­contemporary garden parties, and fashionable Parisiennes in various states of dress (and undress!).

You’ll see the gulf of ideas separating the lofty, moralizing allegories of Poussin from the flirtatious, racy garden parties of Watteau. This push and pull between virtue and vice continued well into the 1700s. Humble subjects by Chardin­ such as “Woman Peeling Turnips”­were celebrated by the Enlightenment philosopher Diderot as a moral triumph. But Boucher’s lusty Venuses were still a collector’s favorite…

Practical Information: The price of the tour is 105 euros for individuals, or 90 euros per person for parties of two or more. 4 person maximum.

Tours are available beginning April 23 on afternoons, except on Tuesdays and May 1, 2005. Please specify which time slot when reserving:

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tickets will be purchased in advance for you (no waiting in line), and are included in the price of the tour.


Cultures et Culture

Kris Hamon and Silvie de Clerk set off to explore the facinating intercultural world in a new way, wondering how art might help us understand the dimensions of difference. Hence the birth of a co-facilitated workshop (see attached document) that they’ve created for
those who ‘keep company with’ people from different cultures, and who question, adapt to and marvel at such diversity.

Come and find out more at our evening presentation of the workshop:

April 19, 2005 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
at Silvie de Clerck’s address: 37 rue Rouelle, 75015 Paris

And join us for a drink and a chat afterwards.
Please let us know that you’re coming and get the entrance code at the following numbers:

Kris Hamon Tel.06 10 15 34 45
Silvie de Clerck Tel.01 40 59 00 03

The Musée Dapper
Exhibition: “Signes du Corps”
Tatooing, scarring, piercing and marques required by traditional cultres.

Guided visit by Bonny Gabin
Wednesday, April 20th at 7:00 p.m. Reservations necessary.
Tel. 01 45 00 91 75, 9 euros

Exhibit until July 17

Every day 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., except Tuesday et the 1st,5th and 8th of May, 5 euros

Musée Dapper- 35, rue Paul Valéry, 751116 Paris
Métro: Victor Hugo

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

SPECIAL CLOSING: Saturday, May 14th 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
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: Adrian Leeds, Tel:

Knowledge is Power: Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures

Cooking Classes with Christian Constant

The next three scheduled “Classes de Cuisine” will be on: Monday’s: May 9, and June 6

April in Paris, isn’t only a fantastic song, it’s also the title of our next cookery class

Spring is the season of lamb and a whole selection of beautiful springtime vegetables and Christian will be showing you how to choose your various cuts of lamb, prepare them and serve with seasonal vegetables dishes.

Our classes try to be informal and chatty, full of useful tips and information to help you buy and cook food the easiest way possible “chez-vous.”

We begin the morning at 9h30 with coffee and croissants, spend approximately 3 hours in the kitchen, followed by an aperitif and lunch for those who wish to stay and eat with Christian Constant in his fish bistro “Les Fables de la Fontaine.” The price is 185 Euros per
person all included, or 140 per person without lunch.

If you would like to reserve a place, please respond by email giving your name and the number of participants plus a telephone number where we can contact you in France.

Alternatively you may reserve by telephone at 01 45 55 15 05 or Fax +33 1 45 55 00 91 Restaurant Le Violon d’Ingres 135 rue Saint
75007 Paris
Métro: École Militaire


The French-American Foundation presents:

French-American Histories: recalling the strategic importance of a
long-standing alliance

Title: “De Tocqueville’s America: The French Reaction to a New Social and Political Experiment”

Date: April 21, 2005
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a cocktail reception.

Location: France Amériques, 9 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008 Paris

Participation Fees: Membres FAF and FA, Les Amis de L’Histoire,
Professeurs: 10 euros, Studiants: 5 euros, Others: 15 euros

RSVP necessary.For more information contact:
Tel: 01 45 77 40 01


Advanced Writing Workshop-Creative Renewal

Sessions for Advanced Writers in English in Paris with Kathleen Spivack. Next workshop: Thursday, May 5th These workshops offer a protected time to concentrate intensively on your ongoing writing projects, move them along a bit, and write your head off! Exquisite attention and support for your writing process. Places are extremely limited. Please telephone me in advance to discuss your project and whether this workshop might be right for you. The workshops are professional-and enjoyable! Phone:

Price: 55 Euros per session (50 Euros per session for former attendees and with early enrollment) Continued professional discussion over (optional) lunch afterw

ard. *Individual private intensive coaching is also available for serious advanced writers who are working toward publication.

Kathleen Spivack is the author of many books of prose and poetry (Doubleday, Graywolf, etc.). Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, she has held NEA, PSA, Bunting, Howard, and numerous other prizes and fellowships; and has been published in over 300 magazines and anthologies (The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Kenyon, Esquire, Antioch, Agni, Virginia Quarterly, Harvard Review, etc.). Cited by the National Writers” Union as an outstanding writing coach, she teaches throughout the United States and France. Kathleen Spivack’s clients are her best advertisement. They win major prizes and publish widely: NEA, Pitt, Yale, Troubadour, Eugene O”Neil, Prometheus, PSA, Alice James, Bunting, Howard, Ohio, Ragdale, Chicago, Texas, Stanford, St. Martins, Cleveland, Graywolf, Workworks, Rutgers, Viking/Penguin, Simon and Schuster, Knopf, Little Brown, and others. Some are performance artists, songwriters, play and screen writers, choreographers. They staff literary magazines, bookstores, universities, major writers” conferences, communication media (print, television, cinema, radio, and theatre), and publishing houses. Tel:


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 March 5-6, 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 at 01 42 33 76 71 for more details, a brochure (with samples of his own art) by to reserve your place.


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.

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 are 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 Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.


Wine seminars with David Witter, May 5th

Designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of oenology. Class size is limited to encourage informal discussion and exchange of personal observations. Grape varieties within major and less well known wine growing areas of France are discussed and wines from them are tasted and evaluated in a structured manner. Details of each seminar will be posted on my web site several days before each class.
I select the wines from those most recently available in Paris. And a wine salon is coming in early April (Porte de Champerret), so I’m holding off till then. For more information see the website for Vignerons Indépendants de France,

Astro Paris by Eric Francis

Astro Paris by Eric Francis

Mercury is Direct

Was that a long Mercury retrograde, was it particularly difficult, or was it just weird? It began at the Spring Equinox about three weeks ago, and was accompanied by a solar eclipse, which happened the day of the Pope’s funeral-ritual. Events like the Pope dying often fall around eclipses of the Sun, and eclipses also bring clusters of events that gather a lot of public attention. It’s fairly easy to predict, actually, it’s just difficult to say quite what. In this case it was Terry Schiavo, Prince Rainier and then the Pope, with the prince probably deserving the most attention and getting the least.

Ah, but astrology is for looking ahead. These days we are in the strange-but-true experience of Mars conjunct Neptune, which is stirring the imagination, firing up the delusions of certain people in certain quarters, casting further confusion on the nature of truth and lies. It’s a psychically sensitive time, and depending on where the aspect (which occurs in mid-Aquarius) meets up with the natal charts of some people, it will be either more or less fun…more or less chaotic. Just don’t expect much of anything to stay much the same for long, particularly where beliefs and perceptions are concerned.

The biggest thing on the horizon is an eclipse of the Moon on Sunday, April 24, which falls in the mysterious sign Scorpio. Eclipses, as we have seen, have both personal and cultural implications. This is the last big mountain in a mountain range of planetary events and it, too, will shake things up a little. But the worst of it is indeed over and by now, with Mercury having turned direct, the world having put the Pope safely in his crypt, and Spring definitely having arrived, a little change should be the last thing that happens before a lot of progress. More at


Happy Birthday, Aries!

The most vital thing to keep in sight is what is important to you, and by what I mean who, as well as what goals and personal values. Much will change in the coming 12 months but there must be some core elements of your life that remain the same — and for the most part, you get to decide what they are. But once those decisions are made, circumstances strongly suggest that you will struggle to remember. So you need to make sure you don’t forget, and the best way is by putting those values into practice in tangible ways rather than just keeping them as ideas.

Strange but true: Eric Francis is an astrology writer living in Paris. You can visit his awesome web page at or write to him at The freephone in the USA, for subscriptions or other inquiries, is 877 453-8265. If you’ve read this far and are checking my work out each week, I suggest you drop in at my homepage and have a look at what’s on offer each day — and look in on the rather excellent subscriber service we offer. Or visit:

Community Announcements

Fullbright Scholar Position

The University of Tours is looking for a full professor in African American Studies for the fall term of 2006.

The pay is 7000 euros per month and travel expenses and accomodation are included. It is a highly prestigious award and the recepient would take part in the activities of our research group as well as a few parisian research institutes.

Applications can be made via the Fulbright program or the Council for
International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The deadline is May 1st of this

For more information check the following websites:




A few of the APRIL opportunities: 7th Beyond Paris- Chateau Tour 9th Clignancourt Flea Market 13th Lunch Around the World 13th Treasurers of the Louvre-Evening 14th Montmartre 16th Malmaison 18th Père-Lachaise 19th Auction at Hôtel Drouot 20th 18th Century Women at the Louvre 21st 3rd Annual Relocation and Repatriation Seminar 26th Bastille Walking Tour 27th Apollo Gallery at the Louvre

MAY Preview:
11th Lunch Around the World
12th Impressionist Women
19th Tour at Roland Garros
19th Dinner at the Senate
23rd Ladies of the Marais Walking Tour
25rd Estelle’s Flowers
26rd Les Halles Walking Tour
27-29th Beyond Paris – Bordeaux

American Women’s Group
32, rue du Général Bertrand
75007 Paris France


American Women’s Group 3rd Annual Relocation and Repatriation Seminar Thursday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to learn the facts about leaving France in a “state of grace”. What are the customs issues? Can you bring wine home? How much notice do you have to give on your apartment and how do you get your deposit back? And what about adjusting to this new phase in your life? Is it true what they say about reverse culture shock?

We have gathered experts on topics most important to expats who are leaving Paris. Each of the speakers has been selected to cover the most critical topics concerning relocation and repatriation.

The seminar is free to AWG members but registration is mandatory as space is limited. There is a charge of 12 euros for non-members who must register in advance by sending a check payable to AWG at 32 rue du General Bertrand, 75007 Paris.

Location: ASIEM “Community Center” at 6 rue Albert de Lapparent in the 7th arrondissement
Métro: Segur (line 10), Bus: 89

For more information contact: Karen Magliocca Rocheteau email:

For Our Bay Area Friends

The Bay Area Francophile List is a weekly calendar of cultural events of
interest to Francophones and Francophiles of the Bay Area, offering
information on cinema, art, theater, music, conversation groups, classes,
etc. and servicing the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at

Please note that there will be no new list the week of March 31.
Publication will resume on April 7.


Thirza Vallois in California/Spring 2005

Thirza Vallois will be back in California for a series of talks on Paris. If you happen to live in California or passing through, try and make it to one of her events. Enlightenment, pleasure, entertainment will be part of the evening, and lots of stunning slides.

Thursday, April 28, 12:15 p.m
The Monterey Insti

tute of International Studies, McCone Auditorium

Pierce Street, Monterey Reservations (for groups and school parties) by e-mail, preferably: or by telephone: (831) 647-3508

Friday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
La Bohème restaurant in Carmel.
For reservations: (831) 624 7500

Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Readers Books, Sonoma
130 E. Napa St. Sonoma, CA 95476 Tel: 1 (707) 939 1779

Sunday, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
Napa (Napa Valley), Alliance Française
Napa Club (address and phone number to be confirmed)

Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Santa Rosa (Napa Valley), Alliance Française
613 Fourth Street, Suite 200, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Telephone reservations: (707) 829-7708.

Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.
The Mechanics Institute, San Francisco
57 Post Street, Telephone reservations & Information: (415) 393-0100
Reservations by email:
Sunday, May 29, 3:00 p.m.
Fifi’s Bistro and French Patisserie, Pacific Grove
1188 Forest Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950 Telephone reservations: (831) 372-5325

Sunday, May 29, 3:00 pm
Fifi’s Bistro and French Patisserie, Pacific Grove
1188 Forest Avenue Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Telephone reservations: (831) 372-5325

What’s On in the City

Gay Pride Parade June 25


Decision for the Olympics On July 6, 2005, the members of the International
Olympic Committee
will vote to determine which city: London, Madrid, Moscow, New York or Paris, will host the 2012 Olympic Games. For the winner, the decision will be a great honor. Just as great will be the opportunity availed to it: for France, hosting the Games would mean seeing 42.000 lasting jobs created and an increase in GDP of EUR 35 billion over a seven- year period!

Positions Offered/ Positions Wanted

Host Needed for TV Show Cannes Film Festival

Bi-lingual Host needed for TV Show/s at Cannes Film Festival this May. Ideally, the person will be a French male, 20 to 35 years, as we don’t have time for hair/makeup and wardrobe changes. Acting or TV experience a must. Can consider a female if person is very self-reliant, and non-French if French is perfect. Shows are young, edgy, and hip. Agents are welcome. Please don’t answer if you don’t fit our requirements.

Please call Tommy at 06 60 90 48 84 or send email to

Edward Flaherty Prime Cut Productions 65 rue Javelot 75013 Paris, France Tel/fax: +33 144 24 04 28 Cell: +33 660 90 48 84



Tell your french friends!

Business English, conversation,writing,TOEFL/TOIC prep. All levels. Lessons designed to meet student’s needs. Instructor has a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL),and 10 + years of teaching experience. Contact Nancy Szczepanski at or email:

Classified Ads


Leeds Marais Apartment
Available July 22 – August 1, 2005

Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for up to four people when rented in its entirety or a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is there.

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