Five Days in Paris: A Culinary Exploration and Food Orgy


Le Violon d’Ingres, Photo by Allison Gorlin

Five Days in Paris: A Culinary Exploration and Food Orgy

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Calendar #79

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

My niece who USED TO LIVE in New Orleans came for a brief visit…thanks to no home, no job, no car, no definitive future. Her parents’ (my sister and her husband) home in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans near Lake Pontchartrain, was virtually destroyed by the flooding — stripped bare to the brick and studs just a week earlier. She was a chef until this fate happened — most recently as the executive chef for a caterer and long time pastry and dessert chef for award-winning Frank Brigtsen at Brigtsen’s Restaurant at the “Riverbend” in New Orleans (723 Dante Street, (504) 861-7610). Anyone who knows New Orleans, knows that this locale is where the streetcar makes the sharp turn at the end of St. Charles Avenue onto Carrollton Avenue and that Frank Brigtsen is considered to be one of the nation’s finest chefs (recognized by Food and Wine, the James Beard Foundation, Travel and Holiday and many others).

You might recognize my niece’s name, Allison Gorlin, as her fabulous photos (a long time hobby) of Paris taken during her visits here, have often made the top position of Parler Paris. Her creative right brain doesn’t stop there, though — she is also a talented artist and accomplished ukulele player, and as one can imagine from just this description, she can cook up a party better than anyone. While she was here, she did just that — making 50 chocolate chip cookies and playing her 100-year-old ukulele to a fun-loving Franco-American bunch of friends in celebration of my recent birthday.

Allison’s five-day stay in Paris turned into a culinary exploration. With a digital camera in hand, she photographed every plate set in front of her, every food stand and bakery window that appealed to her. The photos range from a simple head of cabbage to a fruity cocktail.

A Pims at the Ritz

The short sojourn in the City of Light also qualified as a food “orgy” — Allison wined and dined in our top five favorite restaurants — an eclectic assortment ranging from 10 euros to 110 euros a person!

At Minh Chau (10, rue de la Verrerie, 4th, 01.42.71.13.30), a 24-seater “hole-in-the-wall” Vietnamese, we went for broke on a whopping 20 euros for two salads, a crab cake, three main courses and a dessert with hot teas. Secretly, she photographed the four-and-a-half-foot high Vietnamese owner who waits on the tables with a big smile and a salesman’s touch.That evening at Les Fêtes Galantes (17, rue de l’Ecole Polytechnique, 5th, 01.43.26.10.40), chef and owner Bibi served up sensuous Foie Gras Profiteroles topped off by a coupe de champagne, while Allison gifted him a lavender lace bra to add to his collection strung along two walls. Three courses there is just 21 Euros and the passionate Egyptian, Bibi, is a brilliant chef.

In the 6th at Bistrot Le Mazarin (12, rue Mazarine, 6th, 01.43.29.99.01), after a morning of practicing French at Parler Parlor (http://www.parlerparlor.com) we tasted hearty and traditional fare with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Alice Steinbach, (“Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman” and “Educating Alice: Adventures of a Curious Woman”). She’s writing a new book, set in Paris (of course), and researching the details to ensure each isauthentic and correct. Le Mazarin’s classic Paris bistrot atmosphere gave her fodder for her novel and more photo ops for Allison.

Christian Constant, signing his book for Allison

Thanks to a generous gourmand and visiting friend from Los Angeles, Saturday night we sipped on sweet cocktails to soft music at the Hemingway Bar at the Hotel Ritz before taxiing to Chef Christian Constant’s best of his three establishments on rue Saint Dominiq

ue in the 7th at number 135 (01.45.55.15.05) — Le Violon d’Ingres (a French idiom that means “hobby”). His wife Catherine greeted and chatted with us. His sommelier suggested superb wines. We ordered one or two dishes I learned to make when Chef Constant was teaching his one-day course…soft boiled eggs coated with buttered breadcrumbs, served with truffled toast soldiers…hmmm. And when the gastronomic delights were done, he presented the young visiting chef with a signed copy of his cookbook, “Everyday French Cooking” … and a big kiss. (The other two Constant restaurants include Café Constant, 139 rue Saint Dominique, 7th, 01.47.53.73.34 and Les Fables de la Fontaine 131, rue Saint Dominique, 7th, 01.44.18.37.55.)

After the Expatica Welcome to France Fair on Sunday night, when many restaurants are closed, along with John and Janie Howell (John Howell & Co., London, http://www.JHCo.org/), Chez Omar (47, rue de Bretagne 3rd, 01.42.72.36.26) became the perfect respite for couscous, grilled meats, “pastilla,” “brick du thon” and mint tea. Moroccan pastries on a large platter kept passing near us as we vowed to steer clear the rich desserts. Omar is always the host with the most and the other people dining there seem more like family than compatriot diners.

A neighboring diner offered to take a souvenir shot of the four of us and except for his finger in the lens, it was perfect…just like the five days and the five fabulous feasts, Paris style.

A la prochaine…

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Calendar #79
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Paris, France
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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance
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MOVING PARTS presents:

Play Readings in English
Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
Sundays, 7:30 p.m.
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries

October 23 – N.C.Heikin “Hitler’s Favorite Play”
November 6 – Lance Tait “Patricia Yang” (2nd reading)
November 20 – Lance Tait (title tba)
November 27 – Yelena Moscovich “The Planting Land”
December 4 – Chantal Rosas Cobian “Venus on Vacation”
December 18 – Timothy Jay Smith “Johnny Casanova”

January 15, 2006 – Chantal Rosas Cobian “Venus on Vacation”

Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play. January 2006 onwards available dates. Program subject to change. Latest version always available at http://www.scamparis.com or send an e-mail to Stephanie on [email protected] to receive the monthly mailings. For further information contact Stephanie Campion at 06.14.67.18.58

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Cirque Plume
Plic Ploc
September 21 to November 27

For over twenty years now, the Cirque Plume has enchanted audiences with its lively and colorful performances, full of music and poetry.

This well-known circus troupe is on tour in France and throughout Europe to present its latest creation, “Plic Ploc,” arriving in Paris this autumn at the Espace Chapiteaux of the Parc de la Villette. Make sure you catch this new show on the theme of drops of water and the musical sound they make. The actors, equipped with wellingtons, mops and umbrellas, go on a musical tour through a world populated by taps and hosepipes. From fountains and geysers to showers, we are promised a veritable ballet of acrobatics, contortions and somersaults.

Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 PARIS
Métro: Porte de Pantin

http://en.parisinfo.com/show_exhibition/rub6106.html

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Dance: The Match
Wednesday, October 26 to Friday, October 28, 8:30 p.m.

Legendary American choreographer and director Deborah Hay’s intense dance-theatre
composition “The Match” takes place entirely within a space of silence.

Centre Pompidou, rue Beaubourg, 75014 Paris
Métro: Rambuteau
Tel: 01.44.78.12.33
http://www.centrepompidou.fr
Entry: 9.50 euros to 14 euros

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Art and Culture
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Rue Des Artists
Exposition d’Art Urbain

10 “URBAN ARTISTS” including Jérôme Mesnager, Speedy Graphito, Jef Aerosol, Mosko et Associés, Noart, Guillaume Piechaud, Artiste-Ouvrier, 6lex and Isbach and of course, our friend “Amour.”

Galerie Anne Vignial is now “the only place in Paris where you can find Urban Artists permanently.”

Galerie Anne Vignial
53 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Tel: 01.48.87.01.00
[email protected]
Tuesday to Friday 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Exhibition: Christian Boltanski
Until October 22

Christian Boltanski’s work is like a visual counterpart to W.G. Sebald novels, loaded with fractured history, penumbral foreboding and a haunting poetry.

Marian Goodman Gallery
79 rue du Temple, 75003
Métro: Rambuteau
Tel: 01.48.04.70.52
http://www.mariangoodman.com

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Un Amour de Paris
September 21 to December 11
Musée Carnavalet

This exhibit celebrates the work of British photographer Dorothy Bohm who dedicated her lifes work to her love of the City of Lights. The exhibit showcases over 60 years of work through more than 150 photographs and offers a wonderful look into Parisian life. In both black and white and color images we are able to see a collection that the artist herself describes as an act of love. A true love story that many visitors can surely relate to.

Musée Carnavalet – Musée de l’Histoire de Paris
http://www.v1.paris.fr/musees/musee_carnavalet/
23, rue Sévigné, 75003, Paris

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“Première a Paris”
Photography by Jan Hanson
Until November 10

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.

WICE
20, boulevard du Montparnasse, 75015, Paris
Métros: Duroc and Falguière
Tel: 01.45.66.75.50

For more information, contact Jan Hanson at [email protected]
http://www.janhansonphoto.com

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MUSÉE DAPPER

The premier space in France dedicated to the ancient and contemporary art of Africa and the Caribbean.

Exposition
Brazil: African Heritage
September 22, 2005 to March 26, 2006

Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. closed Tuesdays
Entrance: 6 euros

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vent:
Brazil and the Black Americas: A Comparative Approach
Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Entrance: Free
For reservations call 01.45.00.91.75

35 rue Paul Valéry, 75016 Paris
http://www.dapper.com.fr/

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Cirque Africain
Circa Zamba

When the circus makes history!

Sundays October 16, 23 and 30 at 3 p.m.
La Compagnie Chapiteau d’Afrique
Reservations: 01.45.00.91.75
Admission: Children under 12 – 8 Euros, Adults – 10 Euros

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Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain
October 27 to November 1

Recycling is the theme explored this year in the Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain held in the Place de la Bastille – already a source of inspiration for artists such as the famous César, originator of the eponymous film award, whose trademark was to compress what he collected…

Nothing is wasted, everything can be salvaged and used again. This fair is an ideal opportunity to appreciate the work of those who assemble, weld or transform, in other words, recyclers of all kinds…. A whole section is devoted to first-time exhibitors at the Grand Marché. Come along and visit this veritable breeding ground for new talent.

Bercy Village
1, Cour Saint-Emilion, 75012 Paris
Métro : Cour Saint-Emilion
http://www.art-contemporain.com

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Musical Interludes
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ExpatsParis presents

Crescent City Jam
New Orleans Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert
Saturday, October 22, 8:00 p.m.

Featuring:
Eloï
The Eric Brown Band
Rene Miller’s Wedding Band
Aldridge Hansberry Ensemble
Fidgety Feet
The Heavy Blues Band
And Helen Carter

Intercontinental Paris
3 rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris

Minimum donation: 25 Euros
Includes food and a drink
Proceeds go to the American Red Cross

For more information visit http://www.CrescentCityJam.com

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Katrina Relief Concert
Sunday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m.

An evening of Gospel, Jazz and other music from the heart of the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The Katrina Fund France, American Non-profit Organizations of Paris presents a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

We have chosen to donate all proceeds to two agencies that are helping the affected areas on a grassroots level:
Foundations for Recovery
and Oxfam America
The American Cathedral
23 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris

Should demand be large enough, a second concert will take place at 8:00 p.m. that same evening.

For information on the above agencies, performers, ticket locations and more please visit http://www.katrinafundfrance.com

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Paris Open Mikes!

Come out and participate in an evening of music.

Every Monday, 9 p.m.
The Beaver
19, rue des Deux Ponts, Ile St-Louis, 75004
Métro: Pont Marie

Every Thursday, 9 p.m.
Bar Three
3, rue de l’Ancienne Comedie, 75006
Métro: Odéon

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THE EXPATRIOTS

A place for the New York Music Scene to meet Paris and beyond

Live International Acts Featuring:
Charles Theodore (folk – USA) and Alix Roy (electro – France) and Guests (jazz, soul, funk and more)

Free every Tuesday around 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

L’Etage Resto Bar Music
Happy Hour 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
77 rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris
Métro: Goncourt
http://www.letage.fr
Tel: 01.44.84.07.86

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In Concert at La Java

October 19 – Richmond Fontaine + Ian Moore + Amazing Pilots
November 14 – Peter Case + John Doe + Michael Weston King

La Java
105, rue Faubourg du Temple, 75010, Paris

For more information or to buy reduced rate tickets for these shows, visit http://www.anythingmatters.com

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CROON: A Musical Revue
Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October, 2005 at 20:30

Featuring:
Joel Mitchell

With the three singing, swinging, tap-dancing “Andrews Sisters” –
Cathy Arondel
Wendy Taylor
Alma de Villa Lobos

And with the fabulous swing pianist
Philippe Duchemin and his trio:
Patricia Lebeugle, bass
Jean-Pierre Derouard, drums

CROON is an homage to my father and the songs he sang to me when I was a boy, to my uncle–now over 80 years old–who recorded for Disney and sang on Broadway, radio and television, to the repertoire of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra (“Fill my heart with song and let it sing forever more.”) CROON is a tribute to all those crooners and to the simple and profound pleasure of singing, dancing, loving and being alive–which for me is the essence of swing.

au Pibar
18 rue Favart, 75002 Paris

Reservations: 01.45.75.29.66 or [email protected]

Entry: 12 euros or 2 for 20 euros

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Mantra Concert
Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m.

Bhajan music, sacred traditional songs, performed by five very talented musicians. Come sing along or simply listen to this heartful music.

Hotel Brebant
32 blvd Poissonnière, 75009 Paris Metro: Grands Boulevards

Entrance fee: 30 Euros, Students 15 Euros

For reservations and tickets, call Mayana at 06.10.30.65.47

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Literary Events
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The Cafe Review Readings

Monday, October 24th, 7 p.m.
Shakespeare & Company
37 rue de la Bucherie, 75005 Paris

The Cafe Review’s release reading for its special issue of American Poets in Paris. The issue features poet Alice Notley, along with 22 other American poets and one French poet.

Tuesday, October 25th, 8 p.m.
Ismerys Gallery
6 rue de la Bucherie, 75005, Paris

The Cafe Review hosts a poetry reading and party to celebrate the publication of its American Poets in Paris issue. Reading will be followed by light refreshments.

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Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings
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PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
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Next Meeting: November 8th, 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 Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers

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PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL

MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT.

Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Unsurpassed networking opportunities.

Wednesday, October 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Michael Stephens
Professor. Business Consultant
“Networking: The Indispensable Business Tool”

Really Effective Networking. Michael will discuss the how of networking, both as a long-term business strategy and as a powerful business tool for use in everyday business encounters. He will debunk some popular misconceptions about networking, outline a new concept for smart networking in today’s global business workplace and outline a 10 point plan for how a professional can quickly embark on realizing dividends from a smart networking approach.

Michael’s professional career has been anchored in the aerospace field with much of his work directed towards international collaboration in space development. He has worked in that field in several capacities evolving from government manager and advisor through diplomat, business executive and university developer to consultant which is his current activity, along with business school teaching, here in Paris. Michael readily admits to nomadic tendencies; a Canadian by birth, he has studied and worked extensively in the US, is a European (Irish) citizen and has travelled widely.

Michael’s international career and travel have provided him with the incentive and means to actively network with a wide range of professionals in many organizations, sectors and countries over the years. This experience has afforded him insights into networking in many different venues, insights which he will be sharing Wednesday evening. He currently teaches networking in a business school setting as one of a set of professional skills needed to perform effectively and advance in today’s business world.

PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros

BUFFET. GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY FOR THOS

E WHO WANT TO STAY.

Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia

For more information contact Patricia
Tel: 01.43.26.12.88
[email protected]

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NEW! Friday Paris Soirees End Of The Week Happy Hour

Friday, October 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Drinks. Tapas. Convivality. Fun personalities.

For Information and reservations call or email Patricia
Tel: 01.43.26.12.88
[email protected]

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PARIS SOIREES DINNER

HAPPY HOUR. DINNER. PRESENTATION. DISCUSSION.

Sunday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Our guest of honor will be:
Eric Francis
Photographer. Astrologer. Journalist

The Blue Book (An Art and Photography Project): Psychological Portarits Of Women

Before becoming one of the most widely-read and groundbreaking young astrologers in the U.K. and the United States, Eric Francis was an investigative reporter who covered crimes against the environment.

Now he is living in Paris where, in the next phase of his creative evolution, he is developing the Book of Blue, an art photography project. In what he calls “psychological portraits” of women, Eric uses mirrors to define space and allow the model to stay focused on herself while being photographed. Samples of photo sessions from Canada, England and France will be shared, followed by a discussion of how women perceive themselves.

ADDRESS:
At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis. Ask Patricia for exact address and door code.

PARTICIPATION: 20 Euros

GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine.

CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. To reserve on Sundays, please call.

Tel: 01.43.26.12.88
[email protected]

PARIS SOIREES
Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge your 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.

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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
Tel: 01.43.27.17.67
[email protected]

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Expatica Wine Tasting Evening!
November 15 and 16

Expatica will be holding a series of Wine Tastings on November 15th and 16th, in conjunction with O Chateau.

Whether you are a wine novice or a real connoisseur, this wine tasting is for you!

Come mix and mingle with other expats from around the world and taste five different French wines while you’re at it! With a unique approach, our French sommelier, Olivier Magny, will show you the ins and outs of wine tasting, allowing you to discover the pleasures of wine.

November 15th or 16th
O Chateau Wine Loft
100, rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris

Tickets only available online! Sign up today at http://www.expatica.com/subsites/winetasting/

Tickets are limited for this event, so don’t delay!

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Sports
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Rollerblading in Paris!
Fridays and Sundays

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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Paris Half Marathon
October 26
Streets of Paris
http://www.20kmparis.com/web/home.asp

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Knowledge is Power: Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures
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LIVING IN FRANCE
San Francisco
October 21 to 23, 2005
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf
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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.

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INVEST IN FRANCE
New York
October 26, 2005
Harvard Club
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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.

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INVEST IN FRANCE
Paris
December 28, 2005
Chez Jenny
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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.

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Improv Theatre Classes
Have you ever played improv theatre before? Do you want to start/continue with us? In English, in French, in German or in Swedish? The autumn session of Improv classes starts NOW.

CLASSES IN ENGLISH (10 weeks)
Level I – Sundays 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., (2 hours) – (200 euros for 10 classes)
Level II – Thursdays 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., (2 ½ hours) – (250 euros for 10 classes)
CLASSES IN FRENCH (10 weeks) Level I – Saturdays 12 noon – 2:00 p.m., (2 hours) – (200 euros for 10 classes)
Level II – Mondays 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., (2 ½ hours) – (250 euros for 10 classes)
CLASSES IN SWEDISH (10 weeks) Level I – (2 hours) – (200 euros for 10 classes)
CLASSES IN GERMAN (10 weeks) weekend of 19/20th November 2005, 80 euros
First class is a free trial class. PARTICIPATION CONFIRMATION is a must. (Max. 10 pers./class)

Classes are held at: Basement Studios 38 rue de Rochechouart, 75009 Paris
Code: 9321 Métro: Cadet or Anvers
If you have any questions, call 01.44.91.96.56 or contact us by email at mailto:[email protected] or http://www.improfessionals.com (click on “classes”)

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FACT Professional Acting Training and Performance
New Season begins October 3

FACT (the French-American Association for Cinema and Theatre) will begin its 17th year of professional acting training and performance on October 3rd.

Since its creation in 1989 by Sarah Eigerman, an American teacher and director based in Paris and New York, our artistic goal has been two-fold: to nurture the actor’s creative process and to explore cultural exchange on a human level.

For the 2005-06 season, FACT offers seven different classes: Improvisation; American Acting in Paris (taught exclusively in English); The Actor’s Voice; Technique and Scenes; Sense Memory; Scene Study; and Acting for the Camera. Students enroll in one or several classes per week, on a semester or annual basis, according to their individual needs.

New this year: each semester will feature a presentation of the work through a “scene night” and a week of open classes.

Our June performance project, which has been co-produced by the Guichet Montparnasse theatre for the past eight years, will focus on works by Chekhov.

Contact us for further information on our programs, admission requirements, scheduling, fees, financial aid, or to make an appointment for an interview.

FACT
65 rue de Reuilly
75012 Paris
Tel/Fax: 01.43.44.76.98
[email protected]
http://factinfo.free.fr

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Careers In Europe Forum
December 13 and 14, 2005

Expatica is proud to announce the cooperation with ‘Careers in Europe’ to offer you the ‘Careers in Europe Forum,’ which will be held the 13th and 14th of December 2005, in Brussels.

The Careers in Europe Forum is a unique pan-European recruitment event, offering internationally minded candidates a wealth of job opportunities. Over two days, more than 2,000 private interviews will take place between applicants and recruiters. The aim is to discuss international career opportunities.

Don’t limit your options, APPLY to partake in the Careers in Europe Forum TODAY!
http://www.careersineurope.com/forum

Application deadline: October 24, 2005

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The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop
Paris, France
December 29 – January 2

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/

To register click on https://www.registrationassistant.com or email Paula Winke at [email protected]

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Services
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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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Schuyler Event Services
http://www.schuylerevents.com/
Providing experienced planning and management services for events, corporate meetings, and conferences and seminars internationally. Owned and managed by Schuyler Hoffman, SES successfully creates, plans and manages a variety of events for clients throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Schuyler Editorial Services
http://schuylereditorial.com/
Owned and managed by Schuyler Hoffman, SES is the outgrowth of several years working as a writer and editor and provides a variety of editorial and writing services for international companies and individuals. An innate sense of style and grammar coupled with education and experience give Schuyler a particular affinity for producing first class documents. His sensitivity to every writer’s voice make him a first choice editor for novice and experienced writers alike.

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WORDS THAT SELL! English Language Copywriter

Freelance copywriter with more than ten years of strategic marketing and advertising experience will write your brochures, sales letters, direct mail packages, web sites, newsletters and more. I will work with you to truly understand your products/services and the needs of your customers, to produce targeted communications that get results. Clients include advertising agencies, corporations and small businesses, and I am working with Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider. Competitive rates. Contact Lynda at [email protected]

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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 protected]

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MUSIQUE A+

To sing, have fun, and express yourself!
Bilingual French-English

Singing classes for children 9 to 12 years old
Paris 15th
Mondays or Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Private lessons for children and adults
Paris 15th and 18th

Contact: [email protected]
http://www.musiqueaplus.com

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Learning la Langue Française
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Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group http://www.parlerparlor.com

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
Métro: Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership and General Information
http://www.parlerparlor.com
[email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: 02.38.92.10.32
Adrian Leeds, Tel: 01.40.27.97.59

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For Our Bay Area Friends
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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 http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/BAFLHomepage.shtml

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hirza Vallois in California/Autumn 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, make sure not to miss out on one of her legendary talks. 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.

Friday, November 4 – The Monterey International Institute of Strategic Studies
Saturday, November 12 – St Helena, Napa Valley
Sunday, November 13 – Alliance Française, Napa
Monday, November 14 – Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 15 – The Mechanics Institute, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 16 – The Metropolitan Club, San Francisco
Note: Further details on times and locations to follow.

Some readers’ comments:
“Treat yourself to this treasure!” — Book List (the American Library Journal)

“Here’s to ‘Around and About Paris.’ On your next trip to Paris, don’t leave home without it!” — The Boston Book Review

“An astonishingly informative companion!” — The Times Literary Supplement, London

“These books will soon achieve legendary status! I believe you can toss out all other Paris guidebooks.” — William Boyd/The Spectator, London

“Entertaining at all times…. She out-Baedekers Baedeker even at his best!” — Francophonie

http://www.thirzavallois.com

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For Our Philadelphia Area Friends
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Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare and Co. By Jeremy Mercer, this is part memoir, part travelogue, and part biography of Shakespeare & Co.’s legendary owner, George Whitman.

Talk and book signing:
Monday, November 7th, at 7:00 p.m.
The Blauvelt Theater, Friends Select School, 17th and the Parkway.

Admission Free

Daniele L. Thomas Easton
Directeur
France – Philadelphie

Consul Hon. de France a Philadelphie et Wilmington
1650 Market Street
One Liberty Place
Suite 2500
Philadelphia PA 19103
Tel: (215) 851-1474
Fax: (215) 851-1420

With gangsters on his tail and his meager savings in hand, crime reporter Jeremy Mercer fled Canada to Paris in 1999. Broke and on the cusp of homelessness, Mercer found himself invited to a tea party amongst the riff raff of the Parisian fantasy that is Shakespeare & Company. Lost in his very own version of Alice in Wonderland, Mercer falls down the rabbit hole to a life of camaraderie in the famous bookstore, becoming proprietor George Whitman’s confidant and right-hand man, trading free labor for an unforgettable experience. The ultimate story of bohemian Paris, this charming world is filled with unique characters like the eccentric British poet, Simon, the beautiful blonde, Pia, and Whitman, who holds the key to it all.

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Community Announcements
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Introducing FRUSAB: France-USA Bridge

FRUSAB, which stands for France-USA Bridge, is a newly created non-profit organization designed to promote a variety of cultural, educational, social, and other exchanges between French and Americans around the world.

FRUSAB’s history stems from a system of values that link the United States of America and the French Republic since both countries Revolutionary Periods. While these periods were tumultuous and fraught with war, the end of the 18th century represented the beginning of the struggle for democracy, the freedom of speech, and individual liberties that cannot be usurped by a governmental authority. Today, over 2 centuries later, FRUSAB hopes to continue with this tradition by bringing French and Americans together based on common values and shared interests. In addition, FRUSAB hopes to encourage positive and reflective thinking on a variety of issues affecting both France and the United States in order to better deal with
problems facing both countries today.

As FRUSAB continues to grow, we encourage you to check back frequently to see what’s new, post a message in our fully operational Forum, or read some of our recent articles on a variety of topics.

For more information, please visit http://www.frusab.com

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Democrats Abroad France

You are invited to a talk by the author of a work in progress: Bad Faith: Crusading Generals, Born-Again Grunts, and the Birth of a New Christian Nation.

Steve Weissman

PRAY TO KILL

Steve Weissman lived for many years in London, working as a magazine writer and television producer. Today he lives and works in France, where he spent two years as European Editor for the Internet news site http://www.truthout.org and now works as Communications Director for a California bio-tech firm and is writing a book, mentioned above, on the Christian Right in the U.S. military. Steve is interested in how far the Christian Right has infiltrated itself into American politics, history and culture and will address that issue with Dems Abroad.

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Suggested contribution: 10 euros

Sunday, October 30, 2005, 6:00 p.m.
At the home of Connie Borde
240bis Bd St Germain, 75007 Paris

RSVP by return email:
[email protected]

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House Trapped in the Sun
Call for Stories!

* Have you any properties that are proving difficult to sell, perhaps they have nightmare issues?

* Have you discovered serious structural problems, planning restrictions or issues with access to your property that are making your house hard to sell?

* Did you buy off-plan from an agent who made wild promises?

* Do you have problems with flaky electricity, hungry termites, crumbling walls or a leaking roof?

* Are you having legal problems over your property, perhaps land you thought you owned is now being reclaimed by the authorities?

* Do you have any MAJOR problems with your property that we can help with?

If so WE are here to HELP YOU!

Britain’s Channel 4 is producing a new series of their successful ‘House Trapped in the Sun’ series. The show’s producers are looking for vendors with problem properties to take part in three full-length episodes to be filmed late this year and early in 2006.

Expert and presenter of ‘Selling Houses’ is coming out to France this Winter (2005) to help vendors confront issues that are preventing their property from selling or generally causing problems. He will give you sound advice as well as a makeover designed to sell your property quickly.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you may know to take part in the show contact us +44 (0) 1273 224 825 or email [email protected]

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What’s On in the City
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Année du Brésil en France
From March to December
Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Film, Literature…
http://www.bresilbresils.org

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34th Edition of the Paris Fall Festival
September 14 to December 25
Various Venues
http://www.festival-automne.com

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Salon d’Automne (Autumn Fair)
October 20 to 30
Parc Floral de Paris
Route de la Pyramide – Bois de Vincennes 75012 Paris
Métro: Château de Vincennes
Information: 01.43.41.16.26
Booking: 01.43.59.46.07
http://www.salon-automne-paris.com

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Gay Life Show
October 21 to 24
Paris Exhibition Center
http://www.rainbowattitude.com

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International Chocolate Show
October 22 to 25
Paris Exhibition Center
http://www.chocoland.com

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Salon des vins des Vignerons Indépendants
November 24-28
Entrance: 6 Euros
Reduced rate: 3 Euros (Students and groups of 20 or more)
Free for Journalists and children under age 15)
http://www.vigneron-independant.com

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==APARTMENT RENTAL==

Leeds Marais Apartment
Available in its entirety November 22 – 28, 2005

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

==APARTMENT RENTAL==

For all short term rental apartments in Paris, take a look at
/parlerparis/apartments or
/frenchproperty/insider/longterm.html for long term
apartments.

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The next gathering is November 8, 2005
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