Modelizing the Mannequins of Paris

Après Fashion Week!

Modelizing the Mannequins of Paris

Parler Paris Previews…
A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris

Calendar #77

Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

October has always been the time of year I traveled to Paris, long before becoming a resident, when airfares were reasonable and I had birthday gift pocket-money to spend. Every year I’d celebrate my birthday in Paris with a meal in some fabulous three-star restaurant or hold a party with friends from all over the globe who were willing to gather here (who wouldn’t?!).

It was always a bit crisp, always sunny and deliriously delightful. It was also always Fashion Week. This year’s week of fashion frenzy seems to have brought with it even more “mannequins” than I can ever remember seeing. Everywhere I turn, there is a six-foot-plus tall long-haired waifish woman in tight jeans gliding past — too fast to even catch a photo of (which I’ve tried on several occasions and too slow on the draw to get on digital “film”).

These are the spring/summer 2006 collections with the usual top names mingling with a few fresh designer faces. The “spirit of Dior” marks its 100th anniversary this year. Friday, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and John Galliano for Christian Dior used the newly renovated Grand Palais as the backdrop, with Dior’s “nude” theme set to a dramatic light show under its enormous glass cupola! American actresses Lucy Liu and Sharon Stone were among those who lined up to applaud the show. Wednesday, October 9th, Louis Vuitton opens its biggest store yet on the Champs Elysées after a near two-year extension and revamp.

One hundred ready-to-wear shows are on parade until October 10th, and with an average of 12 to 20 models needed depending on how much is showing, that equates to approximately 160 runway models wandering the streets of Paris.

I have the impression there are ten times that number, based on how inferior I’ve been feeling this week as the lovely lanky Amazons whoosh by, their long legs taking them down the cobblestoned streets at a stride twice as fast as mine. I’ve spotted even more than I have of the black-robed, fur-brimmed rabbis with their followers and families making their way from celebratory dinners to synagogues for the Jewish New Year in the Marais. (I’m envious, too, of their stunning fur hats…wouldn’t that look elegant against a snowy sky…or on a runway model?!)

With all those mannequins making-up or dressing down in town, I couldn’t help but think of all those “modelizers” on the Paris paths drooling in their wake. Gotham Magazine has pickup line advice for them…

DON’T SAY: “Are you a model?”

“If the gal in question is a model, she will be offended that you have questioned her modelability. She will either be thinking ‘Excuse me? Have you seen my face? I am God’s gift to America’ [or Europe] or ‘OMG. I totally knew those bite-size burgers at Pop Burger were adding up. Now I have thighs and I don’t even look like a REAL model.’ Spare her. This is not a compliment.”

“If she’s not a model, she knows it and it comes across like a cheese-ball line. Say it to a girl who is 5’2″ and it’s the equivalent of asking the guy in the blue button-down if he’s a body-builder. Appearances are not that deceiving. Minimize your own stupidity.”

DO SAY: “Which agency are you with?”

“The mark of the true modelizer. A guy who says this is either in the industry or in the know. Who cares, you’ve gotten yourself a good minute of her time. For the pro, you should know the top ten agencies in the city [world].”

A la prochaine…








Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

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By Adrian Leeds

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Calendar #77
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Paris, France

We gladly run announcements for non-profit organizations. If you wish your community announcement to appear, please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Lynda Sydney: [email protected] We reserve the right to edit as necessary.

Thank you, Adrian

Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

Stand-up Comedy

David O’Doherty
Wednesday, October 5, 8:30 p.m.

Yet another of Ireland’s top stand-up comedians David was nominated for, the Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 2000, and has won several awards.

The London Evening Standard claims “He has an ear for a clever-cute line and a wry poetic lilt. Some shows leave you shell-shocked, O’Doherty will leave you beaming.”

La Java
105, rue Faubourg du Temple, 75010, Paris
Tickets on night 20 euros & 17 euros

More Stand-up Comedy:
October 18 – Simon Evans
November 8 and 9 – Jeremy Hardy
November 21 and 22 – Jeremy Hardy
December 13 – Stewart Lee
To buy reduced rate tickets for these shows, visit


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 9 – Thomas Dooley “Discretion”
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”


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


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


Dance Events

Etoile du Nord
“Mouvements d’Automne”
September 19 to October 8

Cinémathèque française “Soirée spéciale Renoir”
Thursday, October 6 at 7 p.m.

51, rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris

For more information visit


Theatrical Readings
Wednesday, October 5 to Friday October 14
8:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.

English virtuoso director DEBORAH WARNER returns to Chaillot with an intimate evening of staged readings interpreted by the phenomenal Fiona Shaw

Théatre Nationale de Chaillot
1 pl du Trocadéro, Paris 16th
Métro: Trocadéro
Tel: 01.53.65,30.00
Entry: 10 euros to 26 euros


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
Entry: 9.50 euros to 14 euros

Art and Culture

Exhibition: Corina Bezzola “Räume/Espaces/Spaces”
Friday, October 14, 6 p.m. to midnight

café au lit cordially invites you to the opening reception of its second exhibition. Swiss artist Corina Bezzola’s work is performance-based: armed with adhesive tape, Bezzola explores private homes and artists’ studios, isolating individual and normally overlooked characteristics of the space. Her photographs are both a documentation of her explorations and a reconstruction of the physical spaces she explores. For further information visit

café au lit
16, rue de la Liberté, 2nd Floor 75019 Paris
Métro: Place des fêtes
[email protected]


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


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
23, rue Sévigné, 75003, Paris


PARIS WALKS with Leonard Pitt
October 8 and 12

Leonard Pitt, author of the bestselling “Promenades dans le Paris Disparu,” and founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club, will be in

Paris until 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 of the pieces are there. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss this one.”

For information, contact Leonard at [email protected]
To see his book, go to:

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.
Walks 1 and 2 give a first-hand view of the making of modern Paris under Baron Haussmann. The effect of standing on a corner with a photo in hand of 19th century Paris brings home the full impact of the city’s transformation as the Baron’s pickaxe tore down 20,000 houses to make way for the great boulevards and avenues that define Paris today.

Walk 3. The Marais.
Begins in Place des Vosges and explores the unknown history of the Marais south of rue Saint-Antoine from the 1920s to the 1950s. A mixture of anti-Semitism plus a blockheaded approach to urban planning was a disaster to this quarter. The casual stroller has no idea of the dramas played out at virtually every corner.

Walk 4. Paris and Chocolate.
This walk combines Paris history plus visits to three of Paris’s premium chocolate houses. We begin on the grounds of the Louvre and look at how the creation of the Louvre as we know it resulted from a tragic accident. Then we walk to the garden of the Palais Royal to see how one man’s debauchery lead to the creation of that great architectural gem, the covered passageway. From there we walk across the street to two of the most beautiful passageways borne of this debauchery, Passages Vivienne and Colbert. Then up rue Vivienne with a stop at Debauve and Gallais to purchase some chocolate on our way to a wonderful network of passages including Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeaux. Exiting the passages we make our second chocolate stop at Mère de la Famille. A short bus ride to Place de l’Opera takes us into the making of modern Paris and the great history of the Grands Boulevards. We’ll then continue up the boulevard to the famous La Maison du Chocolate, make our final purchase of this food of the gods and repair to a cafe for our tasting, to compare, criticize, rate, and above all enjoy.

For more details visit

Special Note: Leonard Pitt will be the guest speaker at the Saturday night dinner of the Living and Investing in France Conference October 21 – 23, 2005 at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. To learn more and reserve your place, visit


“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.

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

For more information, contact Jan Hanson at [email protected]


International Contemporary Art Show: FIAC
October 6 to 10
Paris Exhibition Center, Porte de Versailles

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.


Montmartre Harvest Festival
October 7 to 9

Montmartre is one of Paris’ most beloved neighborh

oods — narrow uphill streets, the bustling place du Tertre with its portrait artists and numerous cafes, the imposing Sacré Coeur Basilica, and its appreciation of fine food and wine. For its 72nd year, Montmartre invites everyone to celebrate the arrival of the precious “Clos Montmartre” wine. Sip the 2004 vintage and enjoy the highlights of this classic tradition: displays of regional produce, street musicians and singers, the election of the Harvest queen and a parade dedicated to Bacchus. (French only)



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

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

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

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

35, rue Paul Valéry, 75016 Paris


Cirque Africain
Circa Zamba

When the circus makes history!

Sundays October 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 3 p.m.
La Compagnie Chapiteau d’Afrique
Admission: Children under 12 – 8 Euros, Adults – 10 Euros

Musical Interludes

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


In Concert at La Java

October 11 – Steve James & Del Rey
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


Deva Premal and Miten’s Premier Concert in Paris
October 13, 2005

What do the Dalaï Lama, Cher, Eckhardt Tolle and Anthony Robbins have in common with a rapidly growing number of baby-boomers? They are all fans of Deva Premal and Miten! Their CD “The Essence” has been a best seller in Europe for the past 5 years; it created a sensation in the U.S. and Canada last year. Orders for their latest CD “Dakshina” topped the charts at even before it went on sale in April of this year.

Théâtre Adyar
4 square du Rapp, 75007 Paris

Editions le Souffle d’Or (Tel., FNAC, Ticketnet
Tickets: 25 Euros

Sponsored by Etnotek, a non-profit organization
For more information, call Etnotek at or e-mail
[email protected]



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.

Happy Hour 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
77 rue du Faubourg du Temple 75010 Paris
Métro: Goncourt


Improvisation Concert with Jay Gottlieb, piano
Monday, October 17, 8 p.m.
(arrive at least 20 minutes before)

Jay Gottlieb will be performing an improvisation concert for the broadcast “A l’Improviste” of Anne Montaron, with themes provided by both the audience and the producer. If you cannot attend, the concert will be aired on Tuesday, October 18 at 11:00 p.m. on France-Musiques.

Studio 106
Maison de Radio France
116, avenue du President Kennedy, 75016 Paris
Information: 01 56 40 15 16
Free admission

Literary Events

Discussion/workshop with

poet Heather Hartley on Charles Baudelaire
October 6, 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Heather is the Paris editor of Tin House Magazine, the ex-Director of Creative Writing at WICE. Her poems have appeared in The Mississippi Review, Smartish Pace, Kalliope, CALYX & elsewhere.

Meet at Rose Thé, 104 avenue Ledru-Rollin, 75011 Paris 11th and travel to the Cimetière de Montparnasse to visit Baudelaire’s grave.
30 Euros
To reserve, email [email protected] or show up at Rose Thé


Reading: Author Alice Kaplan
October 6, 7 p.m.

Author Alice Kaplan will read from her new book “The Interpreter.” Award-winning and critically acclaimed author Alice Kaplan tells a war story unlike any other — a riveting look at America”s tragically failed attempt to uphold justice in liberated France at the end of World War II. Kaplan is the author of “French Lessons” and “The Collaborator.”

The Village Voice Bookshop
6 rue Princesse, 75006 Paris
Métros: Mabillon/St Germain des Près
Tel: 01 46 33 36 47

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings


Next Meeting: October 11th, 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


Wednesday, October 5, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

GoGo launches its new issue with a little party at the Triptyque.

During Paris Fashion Week, we present:

Live: PRAVDA, the French electro-clash maniacs and warm-up by DJ Denis

Plus Diane Pernet’s film on fashion designer Eley Kishimoto.

Free entry

Next party: Wednesday, November 2 with Principles of Geometry (Tigersushi).


Grand Opening! Mon Bon Chien
Thursday, October 6, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This Thursday, an American with a talent for baking and a passion for pups, celebrates the grand opening of Mon Bon Chien, Hat Sternstein’s gourmet pet bakery and “salon de beauté.”

Mon Bon Chien
12, rue Mademoiselle, 75015 Paris
[email protected]




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

Wednesday, October, 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Our guest of honor will be:

Joan DeJean
Author. Professor.

The Essence of Style. Discover how Modern Day Shopping and Fashion seasons were created during Louis XIV’s reign.

Joan DeJean, is the author of seven books on French culture during the reign of Louis XIV, and a Professor of French at the University of Pennsylvania.



Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia

For more information contact Patricia
[email protected]




Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.

Special Dinner Wednesday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Our guests of honor will be:
Paris Poets Heather Hartley and Jennifer Huxta, and the 4th Paris Poetry Workshop Participants

Jennifer Huxta is a documentary photographer and field poet currently living in Paris. She is working on a series

of photographs and poems about pilgrimage.

Heather Hartley is the Paris editor of Tin House Magazine and is currently guest editor for The Cafe Review. Her poems have appeared in The Mississippi Review, Smartish Pace, Kalliope, CALYX and elsewhere.

The Paris Poetry Workshop, founded by poet Cecilia Woloch, honors 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 anothers creative endeavors.

Cecilia Woloch is the author of Sacrifice (Cahuenga Press 1997), which was a BookSense 76 selection; Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem (Cahuenga Press 2002); and Late (BOA Editions 2003), for which she was named Georgia Author of the Year in Poetry. She conducts workshops for writers across the U.S. and around the world. She founded and directs the annual Paris Poetry Workshop, and is a member of the core faculty of the MFA Program in Professional Writing at Western Connecticut State University.)

Sunday 9 October at 6:30 p.m.

Our guest of honor will be:
Robert Salita
Computer Software Developer

Travelling around The World And Taking Your Professional Life With You: How to Work, Travel, and Play Better through Gadgets

Robert Salita will discuss and demonstrate electronic gadgets that have enabled him to become a full-time world traveller without leaving his office behind. The gadgets will include devices that enhance productivity, communicate, photograph, entertain, and educate.

In his own words: “My name is Robert Salita and I am a gadgetholic. I frequent gadget websites, google reviews, and make dream lists of gadgets. When not surfing for gadgets, I write gadget reviews. I’m now ranked one of the top 5,000 Amazon reviewers, out of 500,000 participants. I’m a regular poster of messages in Internet gadget forums.”

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


GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine.

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.

[email protected]

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.


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
[email protected]


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 or call

Sunday afternoons: Tour for beginners. A circuit of approx. 20 km over 3 hours. For more information visit or call


Paris Half Marathon
October 26
Streets of Paris

Knowledge is Power: Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures

San Francisco
October 21 to 23, 2005
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf

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.



New York
October 26, 2005
Harvard Club

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.



December 28, 2005
Chez Jenny

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.


4th Paris Poetry Workshop
Paris, France
October 2 – 6, 2005

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: /parlerparis/poetry/parisoctober2005.html

NOTE: The Paris Poetry Workshop is generously opening its afternoon sessions to the Paris public…so if you have been dying to participate, but don’t have the time for the full workshop, now’s your chance to take advantage of a session or two. Plus, don’t miss the evening readings around town. Click here /parlerparis/issues/pparis28-9-05.html to see the schedule.)


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.

65 rue de Reuilly
75012 Paris
[email protected]


French-American Foundation
Richard Lounsbery Foundation Seminar Series
October 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

French-American Histories: recalling the strategic importance of a long-standing alliance

Title: “America in the Great War: Pershing, Joffre and the Doughboys”

Moderator: André Kaspi, Professor of North American History at the Sorbonne

Panelists: Brigadier General Robert A. Doughty, Professor and Head of the Department of History, United States Military Academy and Colonel Frédéric Guelton, Deputy Director of the Service historique de l’Armée de Terre

Seminar will be followed by a cocktail reception.

9, avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008, Paris
Participation fees:
Members FAF and FA, Professors – 10 euros
Students – 5 euros
Others – 15 euros

RSVP: Please send your contact information with a check made payable to “France-Amériques” before October 6 to: France-Amériques, 9 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008 Paris.

—————- “Welcome to France” Fair
October 16
Carrousel de Louvre – We’re at #1!

The team from French Property Insider and John Howell & Co. will be at booth #1 — 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.


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:

To register click on or email Paula Winke at [email protected]


Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html


Schuyler Event Services
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
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.


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]



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 or [email protected]



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]

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

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
[email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel:
Adrian Leeds, Tel:

For Our Bay Area Friends

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


The Hot Club of San Francisco is donating all of the proceeds from the sales of our CD “Postcards from Gypsyland” on the CD BABY website directly to the Red Cross relief fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina for the next few weeks. This is a great time to pick up our latest (we’re super proud of it!) and to help with the disaster relief.


San Francisco French-American Chamber of Commerce
Upcoming Events

Dinner with the European Union Ambassador to the US: John Bruton
Wednesday, October 12th, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco

This evening will be an exceptional occasion to network with the European American Community and to hear his Excellency John Bruton, EU Ambassador to the US and former Irish Prime Minister. He will share his insights on the European Union – US Relations including global cooperation in countering terrorism, promoting peace and stability in regions of conflict, the fight against poverty, and transatlantic economic relations.

It is organized with the British American Business Council, Northern California, the German American Business Association of California, with the support of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley, the International Diplomacy Council, the World Affairs Council of Northern California and Red Herring. More information and registration at

For Our Philadelphia Area Friends

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
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

Summary: 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.

Community Announcements

Introducing FRUSAB: France-USA Bridge

FRUSAB, which stands for France-USA Bridge, is a newly created non-profit organisation 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


WICE Annual Open House
October 12, 2005, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for our one-day Open House event, October 12th, 2:00 – 8:00pm.
Learn more about our in-depth courses for adults ranging from Personal and Professional Development, Creative Writing, TEFL/Stage d’anglais and Languages to Studio Arts, Art History and History, Politics and Culture. Find out what we have in store for you this year!

For more information visit http://www.wice-paris

20, boulevard du Montparnasse
Métro: Duroc


An Evening with Ambassador John Gunther Dean
Wednesday, October 12, 7 p.m.

Here is a unique occasion to spend an evening with Ambassador John Gunther Dean. He and Ms. Dean will open their gracious Paris home to members of Democrats
Abroad France.

This great American fled Germany with his parents in 1938, when he was 12 years old. They settled in Kansas City and he eventually went to Harvard in 1942, at the age of 16, later enrolling as a volunteer in the army, to be immediately assigned to the intelligence service because of his knowledge of German and French. He spent some time in France after the war and received a law degree from the University of Paris. Ambassador Dean served successively as ambassador to Cambodia, to Denmark, to Thailand, to Lebanon and to India. He has served under five presidents, was the last person to leave the American Embassy in Pnohm-Pen after the Khmer rouge took over Cambodia, survived an assassination attempt in Lebanon, and was party to extremely important negotiations in those trouble spots during those troubled times.
His oral history has been recorded by the State Department and is available online.

Ambassador Dean truly has a story to tell, a fascinating and moving one, which you’ll all want to hear.

The cost is 25 euros per person. All proceeds from this evening will fund future activities and events for Democrats Abroad France.

Send your check for 25 euros made out to Democrats Abroad to:
Anne Kraatz, 52, Bd Pasteur, 75014 Paris
Contact Anne at [email protected] for address and code.


Democrats Abroad France: special announcement:

Le Monde has published a terrific article about John Roberts by former Dems Abroad France Women’s Caucus Chair, Jennifer Merchant. Bravo for her lucid and powerful analysis of the situation before us (and our apologies to those of you who do not read French).
Read it at:,1-0,36-689330,0.html


Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m.

Where is the `War on Terror` taking us? This is just one of the many
questions that will be addressed at the inaugural Current Events Forum, hosted by WICE on October 18 at 7pm.

It is the first of many events in which you are invited to discuss and
explore the issues of the day. Kicking off the forum will be special guest Professor Hall Gardener, an expert on international conflict.

Professor Gardner is Chair, Department of International Affairs and
Politics, American University of Paris and has recently published American Global Strategy and the War on Terrorism. His research blends a historical and theoretical approach with contemporary international affairs.

If you regularly read the papers and have views on the news, why not come along and explore the deeper long-term meaning of current events. Join WICE`s Current Events Forum and their invited experts to look at the historical background and possible future implications of what is happening in the world right now. Over wine and cheese, participate in a relaxed environment where we examine topical themes such as China and Trade, Iraq and the Middle East, Changes in the EU, and more.

The forum is free and open to members and non-members. No prior registration is necessary, just come and join us on the evening. RSVPs are however appreciated at: [email protected] Attention: Current Events Forum, or by telephoning or visiting WICE.

20, boulevard du Montparnasse
Métro: Duroc

What’s On in the City

Année du Brésil en France
From March to December
Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Film, Literature…


34th Edition of the Paris Fall Festival
September 14 to December 25
Various Venues


World Antiques Show
October 6 to 8
Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen


Montmartre Harvest Festival
October 7 to 9 (French only)


International Chocolate Show
October 22 to 25
Paris Exhibition Center


Gay Life Show
October 21 to 24
Paris Exhibition Center

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