Après Midi

Adrian LeedsUpstairs at Café de la Mairie
(Since December 2002 and in this location since October 2003)

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

See Map Here

NEXT MEETING: EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (closed August)

Now, every month, a guest speaker of note comes to talk about a topic of interest and then open the floor for questions and discussion! 

*Special Note: Anyone attending Après Midi must be willing to have their photograph taken and a brief description written about them for publishing in Parler Paris. In addition, the café allows us to hold our meetings free as long as each person orders at least one drink, even as small as a coffee! Your presence indicates your willingness to participate.

Jason Gardner - byTonyGale

Après Midi September 12, 2017

Jason Gardner

To read about past meetings of Après Midi, go to Après Midi Archives.




Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:

October 10, 2017

Cara Black - Author

Murder in Saint-Germain - by Cara Black

Cara Black, Author of the Aimée Mystery Series

As the French say Plus ça change, plus c’est la meme chose - The more things change, the more things remain the same. Fiction, especially crime fiction, can connect the past and present in the history of a place, it’s centuries old roots. What better city than Paris?

Cara explores the the darker side of the City of Light in her mysteries. Her private detective, Aimée Leduc, investigates off the beaten track Paris. From street cleaner to countess, murder is the great equalizer and her books explore society, the social issues facing today and breathe life, relevancy into them as characters experience it.

Cara shares her exploration in the arrondissements in Paris, inspiration for her books and how she takes the ‘flics’ for dinner, pours wine and hears stories of their investigations. For research she visits the sewers, tunnels under Jardin du Luxembourg, the bell tower on Saint Chapelle and fashion runway shows.

A NYTimes and USAToday bestseller, Cara received the Medaille de la Ville de Paris for contributions to French culture.

Join Cara as she discusses her latest book, Murder in Saint-Germain, and others in her series.

Cara's website
Cara on Facebook
Cara on Instagram

 Antonio Meza

November 14, 2017

Antonio Meza, Storytelling in Paris

Everybody comes to Paris wanting to live a story worth telling. That was Antonio's intention when arriving to Paris 13 years ago.

After different "reincarnations" as a student in cinema, photographer, tourist guide, professional trainer, public speaker and coach, Antonio finally reconnected with his life-passion... visual storytelling. Currently, he works as a cartoon artist illustrating books and creating animated videos, but also as a graphic facilitator fostering processes of change in organizations.

How do you use storytelling for personal growth? or to promote a change in the culture of an organization? Storytelling has become a tool of collective intelligence used in Paris and around the world to reinvent organizations.

In our June session, Antonio will share his experience as a storyteller and will facilitate an interactive workshop to help people connect with their own "Paris story" and with each other at a different level.

An independent communications consultant, coach, and trainer, Antonio is the founder of Akrobatas, provider of creative empowerment tools.

The programs and workshops on advanced communications that he designs and leads bring together people from diverse cultures to participate in a lively environment making bridges in communications. His passion is to empower people with tailored communications techniques that suit their context and their purpose, and he is committed to the creation of“common ground” across cultures.

A native of Pachuca, Mexico, Antonio is a Master Practitioner and a Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). He has a degree in Communication Sciences from Fundación Universidad de las Américas Puebla, a Masters degree in Film Studies from Université de Paris 3 –Sorbonne Nouvelle, a diploma in Cinema Scriptwriting from the General Society of Writers in Mexico, and a diploma in Documentary Films from France’s École Nationale des Métiers de l’Image et du Son.

Antonio is also a seasoned public speaker and graphic facilitator. As a cartoon artist, he translates the content of corporate events into the language of cartoons.

Antonio is fully fluent in English, French, and Spanish, he can have a conversation in Italian, and he can order beer in German. He lives in Issy les Moulineaux with his wife Susanne and his cats Atreju and Ronia.


Joanne BurkeDavid Burke

PARIS NOIR, African Americans in the City of LightDavid & Joanne with Julia Browne

December 12, 2017

Joanne and David Burke, authors, film writers/director-producer-editors
"PARIS NOIR, African Americans in the City of Light"

David and Joanne have collaborated on many films in Paris, her as Director/Editor and him Writer/Cameraman.  Their hour-long documentary Mary Lou Williams: Music on my Mind was broadcast on PBS, BET, CBC, ARTE and various European stations. They also created a series of four documentaries about innovative women in Zimbabwe, Thailand, Guatemala and Mali and two film about Americans in Paris in WW I, The Lafayette Escadrille and Anne Morgan: An American in France.

In 2016 they launched in their comprehensive one-hour documentary film PARIS NOIR, African Americans in the City of Light, the culmination of a 15 year labor of love, and very successful. In 2017, Joanne and David launched a book to go with PARIS NOIR with title When African Americans Came to Paris: A Film Companion.

Joanne Burke is a film and video director-producer-editor whose high level experience in New York saw her edit more than 20 long-form documentaries on social, political and cultural themes for CBS, NBC, PBS and HBO. Her award-winning work includes Tom Spain's Any Place But Here, The Anderson Tapes by Sidney Lumet, and Gimme Shelter by the Maysles Brothers. Since moving to Paris in 1986, she has produced, director, and edited independent films in partnership with her writer/cameraman husband David Burke.David Burke is a writer, filmmaker, and former CBS television journalist in New York as writer/producer with Walter Cronkite, Charles Kuralt, and on 60 Minutes Dan Rather and Ed Bradley. In Paris, David Burke penned several travel books. His Writers In Paris, Literary Lives in the City of Light, evolved into the highly praised David Burke's Writers in Paris Walking Tours, listed as one of Lonely Planet's Top Ten literary walks worldwide.  

In 2012 Julia Browne joined the team with Joanne and David as partner and Associate Producer and she remains a key figure for these three films. In 1994, when Julia was studying at the Sorbonne, she launched the first walking tour of African American history in Paris. The title is Walking the Spirit Tours and remains full active to this day. Julia is also an award-wining broadcaster and an outstanding speaking both in perfect English and French, showing PARIS NOIR screenings and Q&A events in Paris and in North American, in Toronto, New York at Columbia, ones in 2017.