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Parler Paris Previews…
Wednesday, June 8, 2005
PARISIANS DO IT AND YOU CAN DO IT, TOO –
Have a great three course meal with wine and coffee in Paris for between $15 and $40 including tax and tip!
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
When I was living in Los Angeles, we had an expression for the dreary weather every June — “June Gloom.” June in Paris is quite a different story. Not as a result of the weather, because it can be cool and rainy and downright unpleasant, but because June in Paris is absolutely “GAY” in many respects.
Every year I look forward to several major festivals that bring everyone to the streets…dancing, singing, laughing…gay!
Tuesday, June 21st, on Summer Solstice, music will permeate every molecule of oxygen on the streets of Paris during the 24th edition of “Fête de la Musique.” The festival began when Maurice Fleuret became “Directeur de la Musique et de la Danse” in October 1981 and at the request of Jack Lang to have “la musique partout et le concert nulle part” (“music everywhere and the concert anywhere”). At the time, they studied French cultural habits and found that five million people, one out of two being young, played a musical instrument. They dreamed of bringing everyone to the streets to play and celebrate. Their dream became MORE than true.
Now, this year other cities have caught the music festival fever, too…London and Yaoundé (Cameroon)! It’s free to play on the streets and free to listen. Professionals and amateurs alike will be showing off their musical talents all over town (and all over France).
My favorite spots in Paris are: Jazz at l’Hôtel de Sully (4th), Brazilian at the Mairie de 3ème, choral under the arcade at the Place des Vosges and orchestral(National Orchestra of France) under the Pyramide at Le Louvre. But, music will be everywhere…so hit the streets starting about 6 p.m., go hungry and take advantage of the venders selling grilled “merguez” (spicy Algerian lamb sausage) on baguette and other street fare.
For complete information (in French), visit
On the heels of the merriment of music, Gay Pride lines up for its annual parade (“La Marche des Fiertés”) on Saturday, June 25th. It’s my favorite event of the year! It’s funny, fun, bawdy and sometimes shocking. You certainly don’t have to be Gay to witness it or participate in it…just have an open mind and ready camera.
The miles-long array of colorful floats and costumed paraders depart at 1:30 p.m. from place du Montparnasse, working their way down boulevard du Montparnasse to Port-Royal, down the boulevards Saint-Michel and Saint-Germain, le Pont de Sully to boulevard Henri IV, arriving at place de la Bastille to party, party, party. More than 700,000 people will there to make this the biggest French Pride Parade in the history of the city.
My favorite spot is where it finishes near Place de la Bastille — go for drinks at one of the cafés on the square and watch the parade roll in, then stay to party at the Bastille or all night in Le Marais. The official program will be provided by parade sponsor ZURBAN, but for complete information, visit http://www.gaypride.fr/article.php?id_article=94 or http://marche.inter-lgbt.org/
For more news of what’s in store this June, scroll down to the weekly Parler Paris Previews Community Calendar or click here for the online version: /parlerparis/calendar.html.html
A la prochaine…
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Laughing Matters in Paris presents Britain’s, Europe’s and probably the world’s only Muslim female stand-up comedienne
Wednesday June 8, 2005 at 8:30 p.m.
‘Round the bend
Advance tickets bought at least 10 days before show 17 & 15 euros. Visit http://www.anythingmatters.com for details.
James McLure’s “Private Wars” at the American Library in Paris
Thursday, June 9, 2005 at 7:30 p.m.
Students from the Ecole Polytechnique have translated McLure’s provocative play into French. Pathos and absurdity collide, as memories of the war in Vietnam unfold through the interactions of three main characters.
Free and open to the public.
American Library in Paris, 10 Rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris
For more information, please call 01 53 59 12 60 or e-mail [email protected]
Playtime with the Improfessionals
Mr. Z: – Qu’est-ce que t’ati?
Friday June 10th, 2005
Workshop during the day – a few places left! – You can be in the show too if you contact us quickly! Atelier pendant la journée : 12h30-18h
Ticket price: 10 euros / 8 euros (tarif réduit)
Become an official supporter of The Improfessionals!
Join The Lucy Club! For 25 euros you get a membership card which gets you
in to two shows for free and furthermore entitles you to tarif réduit for all of our shows during a whole year.
The Lucy Club is brand new and will take its shape as we go along. Join now and become one of the first! There will be special events and parties along the way…
ONE WORLD ACTORS
ENTENTE CORDIALE CENTENARY THEATRE FESTIVAL
Saison: Alliances, Romantisme et Realisme:
1) COLOMBA de Prosper Megrimee, a partir d’une adaptation theatrale de Lavinie Boffy, en francais, corse et anglais du dimanche 6 mars 2005 a 18h30 et tous les dimanches jusqu’au 26 juin 2005
2)LES CAPRICES DE MARIANNE d’Alfred de Musset
3) TWO by Jim Cartwright in English
Every Tuesday till 28 June 2005
ONE NIGHT MEMBERSHIP entrance TARIF : 16 Euros Tarif
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., through June 19
Théâtre Darius Milhaud 80, Allée Darius Milhaud, 75019 Paris
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.”
The following further readings have been organized by Moving Parts with the kind permission of Carr’s Pub & Restaurant.
Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.
Plays in English:
June 12 Barratt Walton “Women, Ghosts and Bears”
Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play:
Bilingual Acting Workshop
Don’t miss an evening of wonderful performances, showcasing some of the best that contemporary Broadway has to offer, from recognizable to obscure! Includes songs from: Chess, Eligies, Fosse, The Life, Les Misérables, Little Shop of Horrors, Mamma Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Sunday in the Park with George, Wicked, and more!
With performances by:
Only one more show:
Come, give your regards to Broadway!!
You are cordially invited to the vernissage of “Quotidien Pluriel”
, & “objects detournes.” It will be a fantastic exposition, so please come & enjoy. Entry is free.
Galerie Anne Vignial
Exposition “Rue Des Artistes”
La Capitale Galerie
Vernissage Tuesday, June 14th, from 6 p.m.
Brentano’s is delighted to welcome again Constance Borde and
Please call Brentano’s to reserve your place: 01 42 61 52 50.
Reading: Rosmarie Waldrop & Keith Waldrop
A reading by Rosemarie Waldrop and Keith Waldrop, and a celebration of their work as poets, translators, & publishers, with contributions
La Maison des Ecrivains
Reading: JORIE GRAHAM, “OVERLORD: Poems”
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Joie Graham reads from her new collection, “OVERLORD: Poems”
“Many of the poems in this collection take place along the coastline known as Omaha Beach in Normandy…. In every sense the work meditates on our new world, ghosted by, and threatened by, competing descriptions of the past, the future, and what it means to be, as individuals, and as a people, ‘free’.”
Graham will be introduced by C.K. Williams, also a Pulitzer Prize winning poet.
Villlage Voice Bookshop
Launch: Issue 7 of Upstairs at Duroc
Come join us at the launch for much-awaited, long-overdue Issue 7 of Upstairs at Duroc & listen to some exciting new work by SARAH RIGGS, MARGO BERDESHEVSKY, JOHN KLIPHAN, HEATHER HEARTLEY and CHRIS AMES.
Pick up a copy of the new issue featuring poetry & prose by local &
BLOOMSDAY! Readings of Joyce’s work by actors and writers for this annual event sponsored by Live Poets Society
The Highlander Pub
Reading: COLM TOIBIN
COLM TOIBIN presents his latest novel THE MASTER.
“…The Master tells the story of a man (Henry James) born into one of America’s first intellectual families who leaves his country in the
Toibin is the author of four other novels, The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, and The Blackwater Lightship.
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MARCHE DE LA POESIE
MARCHE DE LA POESIE, 23rd Edition at Place Saint Sulpice. Readings all day long and many books and Literary Magazines to discover/explore! Enjoy!
“Fête de la Musique”
The streets of Paris will be alive with the sound of music on June 21, which also happens to be the Summer Solstice.
For complete information (in French), visit
For the program, download the pdf file here:
PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
Next Meeting: June 14th, 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. Cocktail Buffet.
Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia)
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.
June 12, 2005
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.
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
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
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 busines
ses, and I am working with Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider. Competitive rates. Contact Lynda at [email protected]
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: [email protected]
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group http://www.parlerparlor.com
Parlor Times –
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
Sunday Night at the Movies, June 12, 8:15 p.m.
A Patriot Act by Mark Crispin Miller author of The Bush Dyslexicon and Cruel & Unusual: Bush/Cheney’s New World Order
It’s not just about oil. It’s not just about money. And it’s much worse than you think.
A Patriot Act is a chilling indictment of the stealth movement to subvert the US Constitution and replace American democracy with religious values.
At the home of John Morris 56 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris (Ring bell marked “Hoban”)
Contribution: 5 euros
Do NOT RSVP by reply email. (Warning: places are limited to 60 so first RSVP, first serve)
7:30 p.m. drinks, 8:00 Dinner
A JUST PEACE FOR THE PALESTINIANS
The Democratic Party has been as inactive on ideas for peace between Israelis and Palestinians as has the Bush administration. Clearly, the issue is a thorny one. Our June event is an effort to approach the issue from a viewpoint of what would constitute a fair peace for the Palestinians while not compromising Israel’s security. It is not intended as Israel vs. Palestine, but Israel and Palestine.
Michel Warschawski, President of the Israel-Palestinian Alternative Information Center (AIC) of Jerusalem
Warschawski is an Israeli author and tireless activist for a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. In 1982, during the Israel invasion of Lebanon, he was one of the founders of Yesh Gvul (“There is a Limit”), a movement of soldiers and reserve officers against the war and occupation. He has published numerous works on the issue, available in French.
Richard Wagman President of the French Jewish Peace Union (UJFP — Union Juive Française pour la Paix)
Moderated by Rey Riemer DAF Vice-Chair, who will present a review of US policy on Israel.
To be held at:
In order to comply with the McCain Feingold act, you are invited to pay for the dinner directly to the restaurant. Please send your check for 32 Euros made out to “Les Noces de Jeannette” to Cathy Decavèle, 22 Chemin de la Rousterie, 78460 La Chevreuse. To pay at the door (by check or cash at the door) call for reservations: Cathy Decavele at 01 30 52 34 92 or Janice Mitchell at 01 46 33 32 91or Ellie Shaffer at 01 43 20 78 01. Please leave your information clearly and slowly when you call this numbers and reach a message machine!
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.
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.
Dems Abroad France is closing the season before summer arrives with a political get-together.
Sunday, June 19, 6 p.m.
Ann Fagan Ginger Human Rights and Peace Lawyer
Ann Fagan Ginger is a distinguished Human Rights lawyer based in San Francisco at the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute in Berkeley. She is an expert in civil liberties law and peace law under the statutes of the United States and the United Nations. She has argued and won before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ann has just completed editing a book concerning the 30 types of human rights violations committed by the U.S. Government since 9/11 (didn’t we used to be the good guys?).
The book includes a discussion of the 9/11 Commission and the efforts by certain American cities and states to oppose the Patriot Act. Ann is in France to present a report to the International Association of Democratic Lawyers Congress meeting in Paris.
She has been received enthusiastically at speaking events ranging from journalists at Stanford University to representatives of the UN Human Rights Committee.
For more background on Ann Fagan Ginger, visit http://mcli.org
At the home of Connie Borde
Please RSVP, Payment may be made by check or credit card.
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. The next free community event on June 23 will provide 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.
June 23rd at 4:00 p.m.
The Hospital’s Foundation is sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Iris Cantor Women’s Health Lecture, Robin Goland, M.D., a nationally recognized endocrinologist and leading expert on diabetes and obesity, will give a lecture titled, Weigh Less! Live Longer! New Ideas in the Treatment of Diabetes and Obesity.
Dr. Goland is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Associate Attending Physician at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital The lecture will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into French. A cocktail reception will follow.
The lecture is free and seating is limited, and advance reservations are required.
American Hospital of Paris Conference Center in the Florence Gould Pavilion.
Lady Holmes, Patron of SOS Help Paris, is delighted to invite you to join us for a talk by Michael Palin, followed by a reception in an exclusive Paris location.
During the evening, Michael will recount his adventures exploring 1,800 miles of mountain ranges & living at an altitude above 13,000 feet for over a month. All proceeds will be donated to SOS Help Paris, the crisis line for English speakers in France.
Reserve your place now. Tickets are 50 euros including a champagne reception.
To book call 06.11.71.32.03 / email [email protected]
To contact SOS Help call 01.46.21.46.46 or visit us at http://www.soshelpline.org
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
2005 is the YEAR OF LANGUAGES!
Année du B
résil en France
The Firemen on Display!
2 to 12 June, 11th
“Fête de la Musique”
Gay Pride Parade June 25
26 June, 10th
2 July, 12th, 6:30 p.m.
22-23 July, 6th, 18th, 13th
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