Getting an Eye-Fool of Paris
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
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“Trompe l’Oeil” literally means “trick the eye.” It is an art technique that creates an apparently realistic image as a type of optical illusion. The term comes from the Baroque, but its origins date back much further. Usually it refers to paintings on walls that create a deliberate attempt at false perspectives.
Funnily, Trompe l’Oeil is featured in many episodes of Looney Tunes, such as the Road Runner cartoons, where Wile E. Coyote paints a tunnel on a rock wall and the road runner races through the fake tunnel. This is usually followed by the coyote foolishly trying to run through the tunnel after the road runner, only to smash into the hard rock — LOL (Laugh Out Loud).
One of the premier artists of Trompe l’Oeil is Yves Lanthier, a native of Québec, Canada and current resident of Florida who discovered his talent at the age of six, while sketching a portrait of his teacher in the Rembrandt style. He is well known for his large oil paintings and elaborate staircase settings on the ceilings and walls of the living areas in numerous East Coast mansions. Last December, a book about his life and most prominent work was published by F&W Publications entitled “The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Murals.”
This coming December, Yves Lanthier comes to Paris to teach his craft to a very select group of aspiring and willing-to-be-inspired artists. Hosted by Parler Paris (!), from December 29, 2005 to January 2, 2006, “The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop” will include a Welcome Reception, a guided tour to Versailles, a guided tour of the Paris Hôtel de Ville (by invitation of the City of Paris!), a New Year’s Eve sparkling and sumptuous dinner at the historic Chez Jenny, three full days of painting with the master and a Certificate of Completion!
I’ll be there testing my talents. Hope you will be there, too!
A la prochaine…
P.S. For information on more Parler Paris events such as the Paris Poetry Workshop (Octber 2 – 6), Living and Investing in France (San Francisco October 21 – 23) and Invest in France (New York City October 26th), visit /parlerparis/liveinfrance
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Cinema en Plein Air 2005
The 15th anniversary of this annual summer outdoor film festival includes films such as “Night of the Hunter,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Short Cuts.”
Parc de La Villette, 75019
For more information, call 01.40.03.75.75 or visit http://www.villette.com/
PARIS WALKS with Leonard Pitt
Leonard Pitt, author of the bestselling “Promenades dans le Paris Disparu,” and founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club, will be in Paris for one month, September 15 to October 16, and is now organizing small groups for walks through the city.
Four walks are offered. Each lasts about 3 hours+.
Cost: 60 Euros per person. Maximum 8 to a group. Inquire about group rates.
Leonard’s unique perspective offers a view of Paris in all its beauty and drama that is not available anywhere else. Diane Johnson speaks of his book with praise in her latest book, “Into a Paris Quartier,” and the French press came out with numerous glowing reviews when his book appeared in 2002.
“Leonard is completely legitimate, he’s impregnated with Paris. He sees things that we don’t see.” – Le Figaro
“This American friend knows Paris like the back of his hand and illustrates clearly what the serious stroller would have a hard time deciphering on his own – the history that runs beneath today’s buildings.” – Le Nouvel Observateur
Jana Jagoe took a walk with Leonard in Spring 2005. She writes:
“If you want to truly understand the impact that Napoleon and Haussmann had on Paris the best guide is Leonard Pitt. He not only knows his subject matter but has the actor’s ability that allows you to see the past and the characters who filled it. I’ve lived half the year in Paris for five years and have taken dozens of tours. None compares to Leonard’s. All
Walk 1. Left Bank. Begins at St. Germain des Prés and ends at Square Viviani across from Notre Dame.
Walk 2. Ile de la Cité.
Walk 3. The Marais.
Walk 4. Paris and Chocolate.
For more details visit http://www.berkeleychocolateclub.com
“Première a Paris”
San Francisco photographer Jan Hanson invites those of you who will be in Paris this fall to visit her photo exhibit at ArtSpace at WICE.
The exhibit features Jan’s display of stunning photos of Paris by night and mouthwatering close-ups of food by day, as well as a few surprise images added for good measure.
The exhibit, “Première a Paris,” will run from September 19 through November 10, and the Vernissage will be Thursday, September 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
For more information, contact Jan Hanson at email@example.com
International Contemporary Art Show: FIAC
The 32nd FIAC will take place in halls 4 and 5.1 of the Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles. Some 207 galleries, almost a quarter of them are new to FIAC, will exhibit. 26 countries will be represented by 113 foreign galleries and 99 from France.
Jules Verne, Stories of the Sea
Exhibition focusing on the writer fascination with the sea.
Musée de la Marine, 75016, Paris
Charlie Chaplin et les images
The exhibition “Chaplin in pictures” at the Jeu de Paume includes documents and home movies from Chaplin family archives. It reveals one of the 20th century’s best-loved characters and the outstanding achievement of his creator: producer, director and actor.
Jeu de Paume
La Nuit Blanche
Nuit Blanche is back and more surprising than ever. The Paris City Council invites us to take a different look at the capital by asking talented artists from all horizons (music, visual art, video, sound, lighting) to deploy their skills in order to amaze and move us.
In the space of a few hours, Paris becomes home of the night-owls. Dressed in their
A night of jazz and blues with:
August 26 and 27
7 Lezards Restaurant/Club de Jazz
A rare opportunity to hear brilliant guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson give a solo acoustic concert in an intimate venue.
For more information visit http://www.anythingmatters.com
Festival Musique en l’Ile
Classical concerts with the Moscow Sirine Choir, the Vocal Group “Oxford Voices,” the Paris Gregorian Choir and more.
Eglises Saint-Louis-en-Ile (4th Arrondissement), Saint-Germain-des-Prés (6th Arrondissement) and others.
For more information
PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
Next Meeting: September 13th, 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
We’re open all summer!
MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Unsurpassed networking opportunities.
Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
CHALLENGING THE ODDS. An Interactive Evening: In The French vs The American Workplace. Featuring International Banker Ellen Kountz
In her early childhood, Ellen developed a quiet interest in France that eventually emerged as a sustained fascination with the French language, culture and history. Secretly, she dreamed of living in Paris France.
She spent her junior year from the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Paris and immediately fell in love with the city and knew she wanted to stay.
As a graduating senior of Wharton, Ellen sought employment in Paris. Her first job was in the trading room of the Paris office of JP Morgan in 1992. After an intense start to her career, she attended their well-recognized Training Program in New York headquarters in 1994.
In 1995, Ellen returned to Paris and joined a French bank, the CIC (Crédit Industriel et Commercial). She worked in the trading room as an international fixed income salesperson. This position afforded Ellen extensive travel throughout Europe, visiting institutional investors in Scandinavia, Benelux and London.
Currently, Ellen is an international marketing officer at CDC IXIS Asset Management, a subsidiary of the venerated French financial institution Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. She has a transversal role across departments and works in close conjunction with non-French subsidiaries. She answers requests for proposals from institutional investors interested in European asset classes.
Ellen Kountz Laupa holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and an Executive MBA from ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Sociales) Business School (Paris, France).
PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros
BUFFET. GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY FOR THO
SE WHO WANT TO STAY.
Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia
For more information contact Patricia
PARIS SOIREES DINNER
Every Sunday! We’re open all summer!
NEW TIME! Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.
HAPPY HOUR. DINNER. PRESENTATION. DISCUSSION.
WE’VE GOT AIR-CONDITIONING!
Sunday 28 August at 6:30 p.m.
Our guest of honor will be:
Victoria (Strong) Vesta created Divine Feminine Touch – an innovative, non-clinical alternative for men, women and couples who wish to be optimally connected to their sensual essence. Victoria specializes in Pleasure Coaching, which can include learning how to give a sensual massage to your man.
In a frank discussion, Victoria will share her views on the French cultural aspects that shape this nation’s sensual character, differences between France and the US, as well the concept of “Eroticize your life…” and Divine Feminine Touch.
For more information, please visit: http://www.DivineFeminineTouch.com
PARTICIPATION: 20 Euros
GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
27 Years of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes
Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.
Jim Haynes Atelier
The Expatica and Euronet International Networking Event
Please join Euronet Paris, Expatica and some of Paris’ top international professionals from a wide array of multinational companies and sectors for an evening of professional networking.
This international event is a unique opportunity to get exposure for your career and/or your business. In the short space of two hours, you will be able to participate in several networking sessions geared to your professional needs.
Institut Hongrois de Paris
At 9:00 p.m., Mr. Paul Tracy from Fine Wine World will accompany us to the 4 corners of the globe while we taste some delicious wines from all over the world: Hungarian red, Chilean Chardonnay, white Australian, and true red California Zinfandel. Mr. Tracy will be available to talk and answer any inquiries you may have!
For more information visit:
Dancing on Quai Saint-Bernard
On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays evenings, until August 31, 2005, weather permitting (or at least if it’s not raining) rendezvous on the quai Saint-Bernard.
The Parisians bring along a stereo and their best CDs and let themselves go to the sounds of tango, salsa or rock’n'roll.
Come and join in!
Quai Saint-Bernard 75005 PARIS
Euronet Paris is a multicultural and multilingual venue for international professi
onals to meet and network. Members represent over 50 different nationalities, are between 25 and 43 years old, and are internationally oriented, working in an international environment and living in Paris.
Upcoming Euronet events include:
For more information visit http://www.euronetinternational.com
Welcome to Virgo. The Sun entered the sixth sign of the tropical zodiac about two hours past midnight this morning, Greenwich time. I’ve often noticed how at this time of year, at least some of the places I’ve lived, that the light changes as the Sun crosses the Leo to Virgo cusp. Something is obviously different; it looks and feels like late summer Sun.
Virgo is a mutable sign. Mutable means changeable. It can take different forms, sometimes assertive, sometimes passive, and often differing. All the seasons end with one of these mutables, when one season dissolves into the next; speaking for the Northern Hemisphere, Gemini ends the springtime, Virgo ends the summer, Sagittarius ends autumn and Pisces ends winter. Run that backwards for Down Under.
The astrological signs represent the oldest and most mysterious dimension of astrology — and also one of the more obvious. They are the basic archetypes of human experience, as we experience it, you might say the trump cards of the astrological system. They tell a cultural story we are born into, repeat to ourselves often, go looking for, and rewrite as we go. The myths of the signs, more than any other set of symbols, connect to religion, art, folklore and much of literature. This works whether we believe in astrology or not; the myths are alive inside us, and we have relationships to them no matter what we think we think.
Virgo “the virgin” is the cult of the yummy, tummy, fertile young woman. Alice A. Bailey relates her to Mary, and the Egyptian goddess Isis. Here’s a bit on Isis from Encarta. We’ll gradually update the photos on the site this week to keep in tune with the times. And much more on Virgo in Friday’s Planet Waves Weekly.
“In Egyptian mythology, goddess of fertility and motherhood. According to the Egyptian belief, she was the daughter of the god Keb (“Earth”) and the goddess Nut (“Sky”), the sister-wife of Osiris, judge of the dead, and mother of Horus, god of day. After the end of the Late Period in the 4th century BC, the center of Isis worship, which was then reaching its greatest peak, was on Philae, an island in the Nile, where a great temple was built to her during the 30th Dynasty. Ancient stories described Isis as having great magical skill, and she was represented as human in form though she was frequently described as wearing the horns of a cow. Her personality was believed to resemble that of Athor, or Hathor, the goddess of love and gaiety.”
Happy Birthday, Virgo!
The International Museum of Women is looking for French candidates to participate in the global advisory committee for the Imagining Ourselves projects. This is a one year commitment and candidates will hold 4-5 events related to women issues.
The successful candidates must be bilingual in English and French. There will be monthly meetings via telephone or online chats with members of the committee.
If you’re interested, please contact Sophie Luu at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get out your footballs, basketballs and handballs and hit the courts!
Rollerblading in Paris!
Every week, you can don your blades for two rolling tours through the City of Light!
Friday evenings: Over 4,000 experienced skaters take a different 25 km circuit each week. Full details the Thursday before at http://www.pari-roller.com or call 01.43.36.89.81
Sunday afternoons: Tour for beginners. A circuit of approx. 20 km over 3 hours. For more information visit http://www.rollers-coquillages.org or call 01.44.54.07.44
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For more information on the conferences, seminars and workshops listed below, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html
Contact Schuyler Hoffman, Conference Coordinator, at email@example.com to be put on a special mailing list to be notified when the details are in place (very, very soon!).
LIVING IN FRANCE
Our popular three-day Living in France Conference will give you all the information you need to make your Paris dream a reality! The line-up for the conference includes seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts. For West Coast folks, or those wanting more comprehensive information on all aspects of living in France, the San Francisco conference is a must.
INVEST IN FRANCE
Take just one day and learn from some of the finest experts in French real estate about the best ways to make your money and real estate investment grow. Join us at the prestigious Harvard Club for this power-packed one day event.
INVEST IN FRANCE
Enjoy your Christmas vacation in Paris, and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money grow, while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.
French Property Exhibition
Now in its 16th year, the London French Property Exhibition gives you the opportunity to learn about all aspects of buying property in France. Visit the John Howell and Co. booth to meet John Howell, and Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider.
4th Paris Poetry Workshop
This is your opportunity to spend five days in Paris as a poet among poets. Over the past several years, the success of each Paris Poetry Workshop has contributed to the creation of an expanding international community of poets writing in English, who come together from all parts of the world to generate new work, hone their craft, share and support one another’s creative endeavors. This is your chance to become part of this exciting and vibrant community. Click here for more information:
Expatica.com “Welcome to France” Fair
The team from French Property Insider and John Howell & Co. will be at booth #17 — come by and say hello.
At the Expatica Welcome to France Fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialized in expatriate services. You’ll find information on house hunting, finding a job, immigration and permits, staying long-term, and much more. Meet the people who make expat life great, including the top clubs and associations, travel agents and sports teams.
TICKETS ARE FREE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 16 IF YOU SIGN-UP ONLINE. CLICK HERE: http://www.expatica.com/welcometofrance/vis.asp
The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop
Join a unique community of artists, engaging in hands-on painting and conversation with internationally renowned Trompe l’Oeil muralist and educator, Yves Lanthier. An award-winning artist, Yves has created large oil paintings and elaborate Trompe l’Oeil that adorn the ceilings and walls of many East Coast mansions and Palm beach estates, including Celine Dion’s estate in Jupiter, Florida.
Click here for more information: http://www.paintwithyves.com/
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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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@example.com
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RENTREE LUNCH PARTY
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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
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
Leonard Pitt, author of “Promenades dans le Paris Disparu,” and founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club will present a double-header evening made up of his totally new Paris show followed by a chocolate tasting.
Act 1. Pride and Passion – The Histrionics of Paris Urban Design
Act 2: Chocolate Awakening
Where: 1542 Grant St. at Cedar in Berkeley in Leonard’s 17th century French cottage.
Each evening is limited to 20 people. They usually fill fast. Don’t wait. Reservations a must. Contact Leonard Pitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Année du Brésil en France
ont> Cinema en Plein Air 2005 —————- 34th Edition of the Paris Fall Festival —————- “Nuit Blanche” Contemporary Art Festival World Flea Market Show —————- International Chocolate Show —————- Gay Life Show ==================== Leeds Marais Apartment Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square Pictures and more details available at ==APARTMENT RENTAL== ====================
Cinema en Plein Air 2005
34th Edition of the Paris Fall Festival
“Nuit Blanche” Contemporary Art Festival
World Flea Market Show
International Chocolate Show
Gay Life Show
Leeds Marais Apartment
Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square
Pictures and more details available at
Getting an Eye-Fool of Paris
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