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

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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.

Janet Hulstrand


Après Midi May 9, 2017
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Janet Hulstrand, writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of writing and of literature

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

Upcoming Après-Midi Presentations:

June 13, 2017

 William Jordan no shadow

William Jordan

"The Secret Life of an American Diplomat in Paris" 

What it's like to represent the U.S. in the City of Light, warts and all.

William Jordan is a Foreign Service diplomat who served for 30 years (1981-2011) as a political officer specializing in the Arab world and France. His overseas assignments included Arab nations as Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan and Algeria, and his responsibilities included reporting and analyzing foreign policy trends (especially as they related to the United States), as well as internal politics, including the rise of radical Islamist forces.


 

July 11, 2017

Craig Carlson - Pancakes in Paris

Craig Carlson, Restaurateur and Author

“Pancakes in Paris”

Anyone who’s ever been to Paris knows that croissants and pains au chocolate are great for French breakfast. But after a few days, it’s hard not to start craving a good ol’ American breakfast. That’s exactly what happened to Craig. While living in France, he missed breakfast so much, he decided to open the first American Diner in Paris! You can read all about his adventures in a brand new memoir called Pancakes in Paris, about how Craig opened a chain of diners called “Breakfast in America,” which have become a renowned travel destination for hungry expats (and Parisians) who have a hankering for flapjacks, omelets, homefries, bagels, milkshakes and more.

With a background in journalism, Craig received a B.A. from the University of Connecticut. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles where he studied at the University of Southern California, receiving an M.A. in film production. After winning the prestigious John Huston Directing Award, Craig wrote and directed a short film, Wheel of Torture, which went on to win awards at the Chicago Film Festival as well as the Lucille Ball festival of comedy. In 2003, Craig completely shifted gears and opened Breakfast in America. After more than a decade in business, Breakfast in America continues to serve authentic breakfasts and burgers to customers from all over the world.

Join Craig as he discusses his book, including how he came up with the idea for his diner and the challenges he faced opening and operating a business in France.

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 Après Midi Takes August Off!

September 12, 2017

Jason Gardner - byTonyGale

Jason Gardner, Author and Photographer

Jason tells stories, using the framework of Visual Anthropology. He recently published A Flower in the Mouth, a book of photography and writing about the culture, music and rituals of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil. Jason has also branched out to photograph other manifestations of this festival in Dunkerque, France; the Dominican Republic; Trinidad; Bahamas; New Orleans and Cajun country in Louisiana; and Brooklyn, New York.

Jason is a founder of Visual Anthropology Press, a book packager dedicated to helping independent authors, photographers, and organizations realize and communicate their vision to their audience. VAP recently produced Scattered Among the Nations, a photography book on remote Jewish communities throughout the world.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Photo District News, New York Magazine, NPR.org, and SPIN Magazine. Clients include Con Edison, HBO, Samsung Corporation, N-Y Historical Society, Ogilvy & Mather, Direct TV, Pfizer, and Human Rights Watch.

Lincoln Center hosted an exhibition of Jason's work at the Out of Doors Festival. New Orleans Jazz Fest has hosted an exhibition and presentation of his work in 2014. The Brazilian Consulate General sponsored an exhibition of his work in Los Angeles in 2013, as well as exhibits in San Francisco in 2010 and NY in 2007.

Other exhibitions include Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, Uma Nota Festival in Toronto, Art From the Heart, and the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts (BEA). Gardner was a Finalist in PDN/National Geographic's “World in Focus” travel photography contest, and featured on the Kodak.com Professional website.

He is a board member, NY Chapter, of The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and co-founder of creative networking community Toasted Almonds.

Jason divides his time between New York and Paris.

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October 10, 2017

Cara Black

More info to come...stay tuned!


November 14, 2017

Joanne BurkeJoanne Burke

David BurkeDavid Burke

PARIS NOIR, African Americans in the City of Light

David & Joanne with Julia BrowneDavid & Joanne with Julia Browne

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 Washington, DC, Seattle, and many other venues in 2017.


December 12, 2017

 Antonio Meza

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.

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