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Wednesday, April 27, 2005
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
There’s a whole lot of kissin’ goin’ on.
And Françoise Bornet doesn’t regret the kiss she gave Jacques Carteaud in front of the Hôtel de Ville in 1950, posing for Robert Doisneau’s camera. Much to her surprise, and everyone else’s, that kiss just won her (a record) 155,000 euros at an auction this past Monday.
Sunday, per synchronistic chance, I purchased the last copy on the shelf at the Bibliotèque Nationale bookstore of Doisneau photos with “Kiss at the Hôtel de Ville” on the cover. Little did I know we’d all be talking about it just the next day. You all know the image…it’s almost as famous as Mona Lisa’s smile, at least for us Francophiles.
It’s our dream to be kissed so passionately, isn’t it, by some beautiful man (or woman) right there in public in the heart of Paris? Isn’t that how dreams of life in France begin?…With a crisp baguette, a wool beret and a French kiss?
Doisneau was doing a photo spread for Life Magazine about lovers in Paris when he spotted the couple in a café and asked them to pose. Françoise came away with one print, never dreaming it would fund a business venture more than 50 years later.
A poster company purchased the rights and by 1992, 410,000 posters had been sold. Then, several couples stepped forward claiming to be the subjects of the photo, creating controversy over the image. Doisneau set the story straight and said in an interview at the time, “I would have never dared to photograph people like that. Lovers kissing in the street, those couples are rarely legitimate.”
Not to contradict Robert Doisneau, whose six decades of gleaning the instant moment, capturing the ‘ordinary gestures of ordinary people in ordinary situations’ have perpetuated our dreams of a romantic and fulfilled life, but he’s wrong. Lovers kissing in the street are MOSTLY legitimate. I see them all the time, and they’re not always so young, or so handsome.
In fact, public displays of affection are one of those cultural differences ABOVE the waterline that hides the rest of the cultural iceberg. It knows no age boundary, either. Kissing is for all to see in just about every place you care to look…the street, the Métro, the theater, the park…by teenagers, newlyweds, young parents and seniors…heterosexual couples and gay couples, alike.
There is also the everyday “bises” — which doesn’t involve the tongue or love, for that matter. Friends, family, and often colleagues “faire la bise” — men kissing women, women kissing women, men kissing men — cheek to cheek — always both cheeks, sometimes three and even four, depending on what part of France you’re from. Usually you start right-cheek-to-right-cheek, but it’s easy to get confused and you find yourself doing a little “cheek-to-cheek dance” with your partner. Nobody seems to care and shrugs off any little kissy mishap along the way.
I have no objections to such delightful affection. It reminds us that yes, thank goodness, there’s still a lot of lovin’ goin’ on…and that it’s really okay to be romantic…and certainly, not be afraid to show it!
A la prochaine…
P.S. Kiss your old life goodbye and say hello to Paris! Come to the Working and Living in France Conference just three weeks from now — May 20 – 22, 2005! Visit /frenchproperty/conference/WLIF_PARIS_2005/WLIF_PARIS_2005_home.html for more information and to register before it’s too late.
* Great meals in Paris don’t have to be expensive. Parisians do it every day and Adrian Leeds tells how to pay less, eat better, enjoy Paris more. Learn
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Laughing Matters in Paris presents:
Monday May 2 and Tuesday May 3 from 8:00-8:30 p.m.
La Compagnie Lester McNutt presents: TREEMONISHA by Scott Joplin Opera in Three Acts Word 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.”
MOVING PARTS Play Readings Carr’s Pub and Restaurant
Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.
Plays in English: April 17 NC Heikin “Femail”
Plays in French: April 3 Romain Bisseret “Mariage d’Amis”
Contact Stephanie Campion at 06.14.67.18.58 to book a reading of YOUR play. June 2005 onwards dates available.
PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
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
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others.
Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia)
“What Does It Take For A Foreigner To Have The Right To Work In France?”
Jean Taquet is a French jurist and an associate member of the Delaware Bar Association who specializes in civil, criminal and commercial law. He is well known for his legal column formerly in the ‘Paris Free Voice,’ addressing reader’s questions about their rights under French law.
For Jean Taquet’s Practical Answers guide visit:
For Jean Taquet’s main Q/A column with its latest update Visit:
PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
PARIS SOIREES DINNERS EVERY SUNDAY AT 6:30 p.m.
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.
Sunday, May 1st our guest of honor will be:
Nostalgia is more than a simple indulgence in the past, for Leonard Pitt knows old Paris beautifully. He does more than simply line up old photos of the city like an arrangement of fruit on a stand. He explains, he pinpoints, he dismantles and compares. More importantly, he lays the images of old Paris over the modern city. Then, as if by magic, the depth of the Parisian past reveals itself to the attentive stroller.
Leonard first came to Paris in 1963 to study mime with Etienne Ducreux. He has subsequently run a physical theater in Berkeley, California. He received acclaim for his one-man shows, founded Life On The Water, a contemporary theatre in San Francisco, and was a movement consultant for Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.
Leonard Pitt is the author is of “Promenade Dans le PARIS DISPARU” (Edition Parisgramme 2002), which has sold more than 20,000 copies in France.
Please visit: http://www.leonardpitt.com
Location: This week we’re at Patricia’s place on the Ile 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
SPECIAL NOTE: Once-in-a-lifetime experience…Uncover Paris Disparu with Leonard Pitt on a special tour of the Left Bank with author of “Paris Disparu, Leonard Pitt, Saturday, May 7th, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 60 euros. Limited to 10. For more information, scroll down or to reserve, email today: email@example.com?subject=Reserve_Paris_Disparu_Tour
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
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html
Once-in-a-lifetime experience…Uncover Paris Disparu with Leonard Pitt
Join me on a special tour of the Left Bank with author of “Paris Disparu, Leonard Pitt, Saturday, May 7th, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Be one of ten with Leonard Pitt leading the way and giving us the historical background he’s unearthed, from Saint-Germain-des-Prés to square Viviani.
Reserve now to be one of the select few.
The cost is a mere 60 euros for this and he’ll have signed copies of the book available for purchase. To reserve, email today: firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Reserve_Paris_Disparu_Tour
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group http://www.parlerparlor.com
SPECIAL CLOSING: Saturday, May 14th Parlor Times —
Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 38 Avenue d
e 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
A new novel session by Jennifer K Dick begins May 18th and runs for 6 weeks, from 7-9 p.m. near Opera metro.
The course will again be very limited to a group of 5-7 to be able to delve deeply into the stories, nonfiction and novel chapters being written. This is a course designed for people who already have work ready to workshop and who are trying to get a sense of a reader’s perception, to work out problems the piece may have or who need a sounding board regarding plot, character development, scene/summary or other issues.
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 email@example.com
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: 01.43.35.10.88
Price: 55 Euros per session (50 Euros per session for former attendees and with early enrollment) Continued professional discussion over (optional) lunch afterward. *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.
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.
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. http://americanlibraryinparis.org
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, http://www.vigneron-independant.com
JUNE EVENTS AT THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL OF PARIS TARGET OBESITY
The American Hospital of Paris steps up to the plate in the struggle against obesity. Two free community events in June will feature speakers and provide information on preventing childhood obesity and new insights into diabetes and obesity relating to women’s health.
According to the American Obesity Association, approximately 30% of children 6 to 10 years of age are overweight and 15% are obese, higher than ever before. Childhood obesity can lead to diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases which were once only prevalent among adults.
Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m.
Obesity plays a significant role in causing poor health in women, negatively affecting quality of life and shortening lifespan. More than half of adult U.S. women are overweight, and more than one-third are obese. Prevention and early treatment of obesity are crucial to ensuring the health of women of all ages.
June 23rd at 4:00 p.m.
Both events will be held at the American Hospital of Paris Conference Center in the Florence Gould Pavilion.
AMERICAN WOMEN’S GROUP
A few of the APRIL opportunities:
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.
‘s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/BAFLHomepage.shtml
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, the author of the internationally acclaimed series, “Around and About Paris” and “Romantic Paris” 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. Signed copies of her books will be available for purchase during those events.
Thursday, April 28, 12:15 p.m.
Pierce Street, Monterey Reservations (for groups and school parties) by e-mail, preferably: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone:
Friday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 5, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, 3:00 pm
ARE YOU FLYING UNITED AIRLINES IN MAY ?
Thirza Vallois’s article on the new Viaduct of Millau and the Aveyron area will be published in United Airlines’ award-winning inflight magazine, Hemispheres, on 1 February 2005.
You can read the article through May 2005 on all United Airlines flights.
Gay Pride Parade June 25
WORDS THAT SELL! English Copywriter
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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS WITH A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR.
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 06.32.20.47.10 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leeds Marais Apartment
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.
Pictures and more details available at /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html
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