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Dancin’ in the Streets of Paris
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
Last night Hughes Reiner’s wild and wooly conducting of the Orchestre Pasdeloup playing our favorite Tchaïkovsky symphonies had us smiling, laughing and jumping in our seats along with his on-stage antics. This came on the heels of Monday evening’s Fête de la Musique. You’d think Parisians would have had their fill of music, but they still packed the Théâtre Mogador for Reiner who brings life to the performances much like Leonard Bernstein. I the lead cellist was the same young musician who soothed the crowd in the lovely vine-covered courtyard of the Hôtel Sully, but I’m not sure. For sure, though, is that I’ll keep you posted on upcoming performances.
This coming August Paris is losing its principal conductor of the Paris National Opera, American James Conlon, who was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest distinction, in September 2002. Only three other Americans have received the honor in the past: Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein and Lorin Maazel. Napoleon created the award in 1802 to recognize citizens who’d made significant cultural, scientific or social contributions to France. It has since been expanded to include people who aren’t from France.
Fête de la Musique was everything we anticipated and more. In spite of the drizzle and cool evening, it seemed that all of Paris was in the streets to take advantage of the melodic notes. As we strolled from one ensemble to the next in the cobblestoned courtyards, street corners and squares of the Marais, I couldn’t help but hum the lyrics of Laura Nyro’s popular song “Dancing in the Streets” all the while –
And dance they did…at the Place des Vosges…at the Place du Marché Sainte Catherine…all along rue des Archives…in the courtyard of the Mairie of the 3rd arrondissement…and everywhere we went…
The next organized festival we can count on for merriment and dancing in the streets is just around the corner…the annual Gay Pride Parade this Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at place Denfert-Rochereau arriving at place de la Bastille via boulevards Denfert-Rochereau, St-Michel, St-Germain and Henri IV.
Every year I grab a seat along with friends at Café Français at place de la Bastille to watch the parade spill onto the place in all its glory. The parade is guaranteed fun and guaranteed to make you laugh. Expect to see things that may make you blush. Wear your rainbow colors and get into the spirit…regardless of your sexual bend…nobody cares! For more information, visit http://www.2004.gaypride.fr/ and http://www.fiertes-lgbt.org
And if all that isn’t enough the official “Soldes d’Eté” (summer sales) start today and go right through July 24th. Hit the stores for this summer’s best bargains, before there’s little left to choose from.
A la prochaine…
P.S. A word from a reader about “accumulators” (from Friday’s newsletter about the Paris Tramway):
“Accumulateur” is French for “(storage) battery”. “Accumulator” isn’t the right English word. There are (mainly) two different types of batteries, referred to as primary (single-use, which the French sometimes refer to as “générateurs d’énergie”) and secondary (rechargeable, or storage). Most consumers are more familiar with (primary) batteries that they put in a radio, use until spent, and then throw out. With the advent of mobile phones, the general public has become more familiar with rechargeable (storage) batteries. These are also the storage devices that produce lights when the third rail on the metro goes off. And many other applications. John L.D.
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A Paris resident for the year, Neil Shepard has published two books of poetry: Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award winner, Mid-List Press, 1993) and I’m Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998). His poems appear in many magazines, among them American Voice, Boulevard, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, New England Review, North American Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Southern Review, and Triquarterly. He founded the Writing Program at the Vermont Studio Center and directed it for many years. He is the Editor of the literary magazine Green Mountains Review and teaches in the creative writing program at Johnson State College in Vermont.
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Dancin’ In The Streets Of Paris
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