“Paris, an International, Multicultural Mecca”


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Paris, an International, Multicultural Mecca

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

Calendar #49

Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

If you haven’t noticed, Paris is wildly campaigning to be chosen for the 2012 Olympic games. The message is EVERYWHERE. Banners are on thousands of lampposts. Bridges, quais, buildings and monuments are lit in Olympic colors. People are wearing lapel pins “Paris 2012″ and the news coverage is endless. It’s a heated race to the July 6th finish when the members of the International Olympic Committee will vote to determine which city (London, Madrid, Moscow, New York or Paris) will host the 2012 Olympic Games.

It will be a great honor for Paris as well as an economic victory, for hosting the Games would mean seeing 42,000 lasting jobs created and an increase in GDP of EUR 35 billion over a seven-year period. Property investors with rental apartments are seeing Euro signs in their horizons.

Paris is a likely choice as an international Mecca, a multicultural hodgepodge as complex as a Bayeux tapestry. Since taking the plunge to live in France, I have been fascinated with the differences between our cultures (American and French) as well as among the others.

Living in Europe, you are surrounded by peoples as unalike as one might imagine with only their interwoven histories in common. It allows Europeans to have a natural and greater understanding of different languages, customs, physical attributes and cultural and political ideas. It’s easy for a westerner such as myself to see Europe as one big blob, especially now that the European Union exists with one currency and one constitution, but trust me, it’s not. The French are no more like the Germans than the Italians are like the British. And we’re not like any of them.

Friday opens the 25th Annual Salon du Livre, a six-day event at the exhibition Hall 1 at Porte de Versailles, this year honoring Russian literature. Two thousand authors and illustrators are taking part in the fair’s numerous booksigning sessions with more than 1,200 publishers coming from near and far to promote every sort of book from poetry to comic strips, detective stories to essays and in this special case…cultural crossings! The fair is devoting a special section for Cosmopolivres, to represent its international standing with more than 300 publishers coming to introduce the literature from more than 25 countries.

That’s why Ruth Mastron and Gilles Asselin have come to town — authors of “Au Contraire: Figuring Out the French,” one of the finest intercultural perspectives on the bookshelf today. The first edition was in English and is now out in a French version. Ruth has delighted the audiences at two past Living in France Conferences (Washington, DC and New Orleans) with her intercultural crossings perspectives and is planning on opening our upcoming Working and Living in France Conference here in Paris May 20 – 22. She and Gilles are featured at a few events around town this week, so now’s your chance to satisfy your intercultural curiosity:

Sunday night the 20th, 6:30 p.m., they will address the topic of “CROSS CULTURAL RELATIONSHIPS: MYTHS AND REALITY,” at Patricia Laplante Collins Sunday Soirées where you can mingle, mix, meet, have dinner and relax with their poignant prose.

Tuesday, March 22 from 7 to 9 p.m., come for drinks and conversation at France-Amériques where they will be the featured speakers.

(Details are provided in the Community Calendar, so be sure to scroll further down.)

For those wanting an even-deeper understanding, Monday, March 21st, The French-American Foundation and France-Amériques is sponsoring a 5-hour seminar from 3 to 8 p.m. titled “Genesis of Revolutions: The Twin Births of Republican Nations.” “The seminar seeks to shed light on an aspect of the French and American revolutions that is not frequently studied, namely the intellectual and political interaction of American and French revolutionaries, in order to highlight the mutual influence of
their political ideas and activities.”

And for those who wish to support the city’s effort to host the 2012 Olympic Games, be sure to visit the official site at
http://www.parisjo2012.fr/en/index.jsp and submit an online showing of your support by posting a personal message.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
[email protected]

P.S. I look forward to seeing many of you Saturday morning at Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group for conversation in French and English and then a celebration of its 7th Anniversary with a party open to all you wanting to mix and mingle while enjoing lunch of Soup, Salad and Cake. (Scroll down for more details or visit http://www.parlerparlor.com/) Special note:
Parler Parlor will be closed Saturday, March 26th for Easter Weekend.

Further resources:

* First You Dream It. Then You Do it. Attend the Working and Living in France Conference, May 20 – 22, 2005, P


* Foreigners can borrow up to 80% on a home loan. Find out how easy it is.

* Learn how to buy property in France….the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France.

Calendar #49
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Paris, France

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Thank you, Adrian

Strictly Entertainment:
Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

The American University of Paris” WhiteMask Theater Group presents…
HAIR: The rock musical that makes love, not war!
March 29, 30, 31, 8:00 p.m.
Salle Adyar 4, Square Rapp, 75007
Métro: Ecole Militaire,
RER: Pont d’Alma
Tickets at the door (opens 7: 15 p.m.): 4 Euros
For more information: [email protected]


The Improfessionals”: Impro à la carte
Wednesday March 16th
8:30 p.m.

Patient: I seem to be perfectly alright, but there is this hunger deep
inside of me… Doctor: Aha! It must be the old impro shaped hole in
your soul! Here, try this! The Doctor hands the patient a
prescription. It says: The Improfessionals.

Come along to our next show and pick games and themes for the scenes
from our special Improvisation Menu!

Les 7 Lézards 10 rue des Rosiers, 75004
Métro: St Paul
Tél: 01 48 87 08 97

Ticket price: 10 Euros / 8 Euros (tarif réduit)


-2004 English Theatre presents:

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare
in English, directed by Kim-Michelle BRODERICK.

Mondays at 8 p.m.
Studio-Théatre de la Comédie Française
Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Métro: Palais Royal, Musée du Louvre

Tickets still available for:
April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 24, 31 and June 14 and 21

Mondays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.
UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy, 7th
Métro: Cambronne, Ségur
March 15, 18, 22, 25, 29, April 1 and 5

Tickets: 40 Euros, 30 Euros, and 20 Euros (Reduced/groups 10 or more: 15 Euros) By reservation only: phone or by email at [email protected]
By reservation only: phone 01 48 28 09 26
or by email: [email protected]

For further information and to become a sponsor, visit our Web site http://www.oneworldactors.com


La Compagnie Lester McNutt presents: TREEMONISHA by Scott Joplin Opera
in Three Acts Words and music by Scott Joplin
Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., April 30-June 19

Théâtre Darius Milhaud 80, Allée Darius Milhaud, 75019 Paris Métro:
Porte de Pantin Call 01-42-01-92-26 for reservations

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 International Players present:

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE April 14th, 15th, and 16th at 8:30 p.m.
and Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th at 2:30 p.m.

Salle des Fêtes Quai Voltaire, 78230 Le Pecq
RER line A: Le Vésinet-Le Pecq
Adults: 15 Euros, Students: 10 Euros
Reservations: http://www.internationalplayers.info
phone: 06 76 27 11 07


MOVING PARTS Play Readings Carr’s Pub and Restaurant
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries

Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.

Plays in English:

March 20 Mary Bruton-Sandifer “Hunting Season” (2nd reading)
April 17 NC Heikin “Femail”
May 1 Robert Watson Barr “Sixty”
May 22 Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
May 29 Thomas Dooley “Discretion”

Plays in French:

April 3 Romain Bisseret “Mariage d’Amis”
May 1 Pascal Loison “Intimités”

Contact Stephanie Campion at to book a reading of YOUR play. June 2005 onwards dates available.

Latest version always available on the website: http://www.scamparis.com
or send an email to Stephanie [email protected]

Musical Interludes

New Music Association concert: Aldridge Hansberry Ensemble
Jobic Le Masson, piano
Rasul Siddik, trumpet
Thomas Kpade, violoncelle
Peter Giron, contrabass
Aldridge, drums, flute, compositions

Saturday,March 19, 8:30 p.m.

Les Frigos 19, rue des Frigos (originally at 91 quai de la Gare/ quai
Panhard et Levassor) 75013
Métro: Bibliothèque, F. Mitterand, or Quai de la Gare
Bus: 62, 89, 132,325


The Paris Choral Society will be performing:
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
Directed by Edward Tipton

April 3 at 5:00, April 5th 8:30
American Cathedral of Paris
23 avenue George V, 8th
Métro: Alma Morceau, George V

Tickets: 15 Euros or 10 Euros for students at the door or at FRAC/Virgin

Literary Events

with Jean-Claude PERRIER, writer and journalist: Les comptoirs de l’Inde 50 ans après la restitution

Wednesday March 30 6:30 p.m.

Signing of his latest work: Le goût des villes de l’Inde
– Éditions Mercure de France, mars 2005 Dans les comptoirs de l’Inde – Éditions le Cherche Midi, November 2004

Free entry
RSVP at 01 45 00 91 75

MUSÉE DAPPER 35, rue Paul Valéry 75116
Métro: Victor Hugo


The French-American Hour Drinks and Conversation
Tuesday, March 22, 7 to 9 p.m.

Authors Gilles Asselin and Ruth Mastron will present their book “Au
Contraire: Figuring Out the French”

10 Euros members, 15 Euros non-members, 20 Euros at the Door
9 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 75008
Tel: 01 43 59 51 00
[email protected]


Salon du Livre de Paris 2005
March 18 – March 23, 9:30- 7:00 p.m.
Porte de Versailles
Information: http://www.salondulivreparis.com



Starting this week- To the Lighthouse
Monday nights, 8-10 p.m.- 2 spaces available

Starting next week- Great Gatsby/Catcher in the Rye-
Tuesday nights-full

Starting next week- To the Lighthouse
Tuesday afternoons, 1:30-3:30p.m.- 5 spaces available

To sign up: reply to this email or visit the Salon website:

The Tuesday night GG/Catcher Salon has 7
signed up, so is moving towards full. The others are also well-
subscribed, but there is still room.

To sign up: if you have already attended a Salon, you may simply drop me a note (via the Web site
http://literarysalon.free.fr or straight email) to confirm your
participation. If this is your first Salon, your participation is
insured with a 25 Euro deposit ( inscribed to Toby Brothers, sent to 3
ter rue d’Alesia, Paris 75014). I am also organizing a student Salon
(12-17) for Catcher- if you know of an enthusiastic young reader,
please have them contact me- I am hoping to schedule four meetings in
March to meet and understand the elusive Holden Caulfield- nice guy,
needs some help. Other events…

Website: http://literarysalon.free.fr Call or email
[email protected] for more information


Village Voice, 6 rue Princesse, 75006
Métro: Mabillon, Odéon or St-Germain-des-Prés
March 17, 7 p.m.

On the occasion of the publication of ‘I Remember King Kong’ (The Boxer) You are invited to meet the author DENIS HIRSON.
“I Remember King Kong” includes a multitude of frank, flashbulb memories of growing up in South Africa under apartheid. It is both a record and a bitter-sweet celebration, an incantation that brings back a motley host of personages and objects. In this reading, which will also include brief excerpts from Joe Brainard’s “I Remember” and Georges Perec’s “Je me souviens,” Denis Hirson will be joined by Mike Dickman, Vera Dickman, Nancy Huston, Declan McCavana, Tanith Noble and Adine Sagalyn.Denis Hirson is the author of the memoir “The House next Door To Africa” an editor of both “The Heinemann Book of South African Short Stories” and “The Lava of this Land, South African Poetry, 1960-1996.”


March 17, 7 p.m. Paris celebrates Volume 4 of VAN GOGH’S EAR!
With readings by Alice Notley, Ken Mackenzie, Laure Millet, Marie Houzelle, Mark Lipman, Amanda Bay.

+ LIVE MUSIC. FOOD and REFRESHMENTS. Free. MELANGERIE, 9 Rue Jean de Beauvais, 75005
Métro: Maubert Mutualité Information: http://www.frenchcx.com


IVY Writers presents:
A lecture with poets Sandra Moussampès and Rémi Bouthonnier
(in French)

March 22, 7:30 p.m.
4 Euros
IVY Galerie, Espace Job Art, 25 rue Keller, 75011
Métro: Bastille or Ledru-Rollin

For further information: http://www.ivyparis.com


March 23, 7 p.m.
The Red Wheelbarrow, 22 rue St.Paul, 75004
Métro: St.Paul

The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore and Upstairs at Duroc invite you to:
A reading by poets Andrew Zawacki and Jesper Svenbro. Andrew Zawacki, co-editor of Verse, is the author of 2 collections, Anabranch (2004) and By Reason of Breakings (2002). His poems are also in Best American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries. Swedish author Jesper Svenbro wrote Three-Toed Gull: Selected Poems (Northwestern UP), translated by John Matthias and Lars-Hekan Svensson; it draws from his 7 previous volumes. Svenbro is an internationally renowned classical scholar whose works are chiefly written in French, and translated into English. He holds a post at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Paris.


March 29, 7 p.m.
The Red Wheelbarrow, 22 rue St.Paul, 75004
Métro: St.Paul

Ex-pat Poet, Jennifer K Dick, launches her first collection, FLUORESCENCE, winner of the 2004 Contemporary poetry prize from University of Georgia Press. Jennifer, previous editor of Upstairs at Duroc, WICE instructor, teaches at the university of Marne-la-Vallee and for Oxbridge Summer Programs. Recent work appears in The criminals’ Closet (anthology, nth postion press, UK), Colorado Review, TITF, Volt, Aufgabe, UADuroc, etc. She hopes you will join her for this event and then for dinner at a nearby spot after!


March 31, 7 p.m. Village Voice, 6 rue Princesse, 75006
Métro: Mabillon, Odéon or St Germain de Près

The poet and essayist Kenneth White will read and sign books


Call for American Poets in Paris. Find a home for your poetry in the Café Review’s upcoming American Poets in Paris issue. The Cafe Review is a quarterly journal of poetry, art, reviews and interviews published in Portland, Maine.


1. Poets must be Americans with a substantive Parisian experience either current or in the past. Poems must have been written after or during the poet’s Paris experiences but they do not have to be about the Expat experience. We are looking for work that has been filtered through the alembic of the Parisian experience.
2. Poems must be original and unpublished. If in French, the poet’s English translation must be included. Other languages cannot be considered.
3. Up to five poems may be submitted.
4. Submissions for this issue should be made at: [email protected]
5. Submission deadline is June 15, 2005. 6. Please submit poems in the body of the email, not as an attachment, if possible.
7. We are accepting email submissions, and waiving our $1 reading fee,
for this issue only. 8. A short bio, including the poet’s Parisian experiences, must be included. 9. Poets will be notified of acceptance by email and payment will consist of two contributor’s copies.
10. Please communicate with us at [email protected]
11. If you need a local Paris contact, email [email protected] or use submission email address with “heather” in the subject line.

To find out more about The Cafe Review ask for us at stores like Shakespeare and Co. or visit us at: http://www.thecafereview.com


March 28, 8 p.m.
Shakespeare and Company
37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris

Reading of “Whinings of a Malcontent, ” a play in one act written and performed by American stand-up comic, Rick Ashton (AandE Network, Comedy Central).

“Whinings” is full of sex, death, politics, religion- (you know, a comedy!) set deep within Bush-occupied America. It was censored in Sacramento, California, do to it’s political content. Scheduled to open August 6, 2004, just blocks from Governor Schwarzenegger’s mansion, the theatre owner backed-out during production, citing his “right-wing republican audiences wouldn’t get it for fear of accepting the truth.”

Ashton hosted an award-winning radio show in Boulder, Colorado. He has
appeared several times on National TV and Radio, as well as many local
shows across the US. He is a frequent visitor to Paris, and even
marched in the Anti-War demonstrations in the streets of Paris in
Spring 2003.

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: April 12th, 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



others. You must bring a card.

Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Buffet. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development Bring lots of Business Cards to exchange with others. You must bring a card.

(Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia)

Wednesday March 16 – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Our guest speaker will be:

Ellen Kountz International Banker

In her early childhood, Ellen developed a quiet interest in France
that eventually emerged as a sustained fascination with the French
language, culture and history. Secretly, she dreamed of living in
Paris France.

She spent her junior year from the Wharton School of Business in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Paris and immediately fell in love with
the city and knew she wanted to stay.

As a graduating senior of Wharton, Ellen sought employment in Paris.
Her first job was in the trading room of the Paris office of JP Morgan
in 1992. After an intense start to her career, she attended their
well-recognized Training Program in New York headquarters in 1994.

In 1995, Ellen returned to Paris and joined a French bank, the CIC
(Crédit Industriel et Commercial). She worked in the trading room as
an international fixed income salesperson. This position afforded
Ellen extensive travel throughout Europe, visiting institutional
investors in Scandinavia, Benelux and London.

Currently, Ellen is an international marketing officer at CDC IXIS
Asset Management, a subsidiary of the venerated French financial
institution Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. She has a transversal
role across departments and works in close conjunction with non-French
subsidiaries. She answers requests for proposals from institutional
investors interested in European asset classes.

Ellen Kountz Laupa holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The
Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and an Executive MBA from
ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Sociales) Business
School (Paris, France).

Wednesday March 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Paris Network Cocktail Featuring Samantha Hutchinson, President of PDA Worldwide Inc (And A Graphic Designer): “Practical Tips On Building A Business.”

PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.



Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia’s Tel:, email: [email protected]


(NEW TIME! Happy Hour Is At 6:30 p.m. Don’t Miss It.)

Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. 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.

Sunday March 20 at 6:30 p.m.

Paris Soirées Dinner Featuring Cross Cultural Specialists Ruth Mastron And Gilles Asselin, Authors of “Au Contraire: Figuring Out the French”

Gilles Asselin is president and founder of SoCoCo Intercultural. His international business experience includes France, Africa and the United States. In addition to being a French Certified Public Accountant and audit manager, he spent three years in French-Speaking Africa, working with the French Peace Corps in Cameroon and then conducting an organizational development assignment in the Congo. In January of 1990, he took on a new academic adventure and moved to Wisconsin where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Psychology. After completing his research project on the mea

ning and importance of work among French and American workers, Gilles Asselin opted for the field of intercultural communication. He specializes in business relations and Community Building (CB) and has since been designing and teaching training programs for employees of international companies and CB interventions for diverse groups or communities.

Ruth Mastron is vice-president of SoCoCo Intercultural. She first developed her intercultural skills while studying and working in England and France. Her senior research project was an ethnographic study of proverbs relating to food and cooking in the Gascon culture in Southwestern France Following five years in France, she moved back to the United States and started designing and teaching corporate French language and culture programs. In addition, prior to joining SoCoCo Intercultural, she has held various positions within American subsidiaries of foreign companies and became the liaison for their overseas international operations department.

Ruth Mastron and Gilles Asselin are the authors of “Au Contraire: Figuring Out the French.”

Future Paris Soirées Dinners:

Sunday March 27 (Easter) at 6:30 p.m.
Paris Soirées Dinner Featuring Young Adult Novelist Janet McDonald, author of “Project Girl” and other works.

20 Euros in an envelope.

Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia’s Tel:, email: [email protected]


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 [email protected]


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


Make your health and fitness dreams a reality.
Keep fit and toned with cardiovascular, resistance and core training. Qualified English personal trainer, aerobics teacher and life coach available for one to one motivation and group work. Telephone coaching for general life coaching/specific nutrition and fitness goals.

Contact Wendy
[email protected]

Art and Culture

Galerie Anne Vignial Presents: j2999eph Caspari

March 17- May 21
Vernissage, March 17 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

53, rue Charlot 75003


Cooking Classes with Christian Constant

The next three scheduled “classes decuisine” will be on:

Monday’s: April 4, May 9, & June 6

April in Paris, isn’t only a fantastic song, it’s also the title of
our next cookery class

Spring is the season of lamb and a whole selection of beautiful
springtime vegetables and Christian will be showing you how to choose
your various cuts of lamb, prepare them and serve with seasonal
vegetables dishes.

Our classes try to be informal and chatty, full of useful tips and
information to help you buy and cook food the easiest way possible

We begin the morning at 9h30 with coffee and croissants, spend approximately
3 hours in the kitchen, followed by an aperitif and lunch for those
who wish to stay and eat with Christian Constant in his fish bistro
“Les Fables de la Fontaine.” The price is 185 Euros per person all
included, or 140 per person without lunch.

If you would like to reserve a place, please respond by email giving
your name and the number of participants plus a telephone number where
we can contact you in France.

Alternatively you may reserve by telephone on +33 1 45 55 15 05 or
Fax +33 1 45 55 00 91
[email protected]

Restaurant Le Violon d’Ingres
135 rue Saint Dominique
75007 Paris
Métro: Ecole Militaire


Arts nord sud Paris present American artists:
Aleksander Balos and Davide Larousse
March 31- April 15
Opening: March 31, 6:00 p.m.
at Credit Municipal de Paris, Espace Griffon 22 rue des Blancs Manteaux, 75004 Paris
For further information contact:
Arts nord sud Paris: Philippe Hecquet 59 rue Louis Blanc, 75010 Paris France Tel: +33 (0)1 40 05 02 32
e-mail: [email protected]

Roy Camblin La France en Images
March 4 – 18, 2005
Le Bar – Pub Playboy
12, rue Frochot, 9th,

Vernissage March 4th, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


IVY Paris

Please join us for our last salon at the rue Keller address this

After closing the exposition of Benoit Boucherot, we will be going to
Los Angeles and bringing back work from Americans living in Paris to
open a show titled “EXPATRIATE.”

If you know of any artists who might want to be involved, please have
them contact [email protected] before 31 March.

There is another vernissage happening this month: Aleksander Balos (I V Y artist) and Davide Larousse will be opening their show on 31 March at l’Espace Griffon,
Credit Municipal de Paris, 22 rue des Blancs Manteaux, 75004

This will be a great one and is not to be missed!

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris March 17th, 2005


Lunch 10 Euros- Save 10 Euros When You Buy a 10-Session Card That Day! Or Save
20 Euros When You Buy a 20-Session Card That Day!

Join us at the Parler Parlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form
conversation with native French and English speakers. Practice
speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make friends,
discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in
understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in groups of six to
eight, each in its own acoustically sound private room.



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


2005 is the YEAR OF LANGUAGES!
http://www.yearoflanguages.org for details

Knowledge is Power:
Conferences, Workshops and Seminars


French-American Histories: Recalling the Strategic Importance of a
Long-Standing Alliance

Title: “Genesis of Revolutions: the Twin Births of Republican

Seminar: Opening seminar
Date: March 21, 2005
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by a reception

Location: France-Améiques, 9 avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 75008

The seminar will seek to shed light on an aspect of the French and
American revolutions that is not frequently studied, namely the
intellectual and political interaction of American and French
revolutionaries, in order to highlight the mutual influence of their
political ideas and activities. The panelists for the first part of
the seminar will be Richard R. Beeman, Professor of American History
at the University of Pennsylvania and specialist in the History of
Revolutions and the roles played by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin
Franklin in the American Revolution, and Claude Fohlen, Chair of the
American history department at the Sorbonne and author of Benjamin
Franklin. L’Américain des Lumières. This discussion of Jefferson and
Franklin’s diplomatic efforts and involvement in Parisian political
life will serve as an evocative illustration of the larger interaction
between French and American revolutionary statesmen.

The second part of the seminar will broaden the discussion and examine
the linkages between the American and the French revolutions, and the
intellectual and political contributions on both sides. A French
historian, Bernard Vincent, Professor emeritus at the University of
Orléans, and author of numerous books on the history of the United
States, and David Bell, Professor of History at Johns Hopkins
University specializing in the political culture of the Ancien Régime
and the French Revolution and author of The Cult of the Nation in
France, will, together, present a comprehensive and balanced view of
the intellectual underpinnings of the two revolutions, while
highlighting areas of fruitful political exchange between the two

Axel Poniatowski, député et président du groupe d’amitié franco-
américaine de l’Assemblée Nationale will open the conference

Participation Fees:
Membres FAF and FA 15 Euros, Etudiants 10, Others 20

Reservations necessary.
Contact: French-American Foundation, 21 boulevard de Grenelle, 75015
Tel: 01 45 77 40 01
[email protected]


Advanced Writing Workshop-Creative Renewal

Three sessions for Advanced Writers in English in Paris with Kathleen Spivack
Sunday, April 3, 10:30 to 13:30
May to be announced

These workshops offer a protected time to concentrate intensively on your ongoing writing projects, move them along a bit, and write your head off! Exquisite attention and support for your writing process. Places are extremely limited. Please telephone me in advance to discuss your project and whether this workshop might be right for you. The workshops are professional-and enjoyable! Phone:

Price: 55 Euros per session (50 Euros per session for former attendees and with early enrollment) Continued professional discussion over (optional) lunch afterward.

*Individual private intensive coaching is also available for serious advanced writers who are working toward publication.

Kathleen Spivack is the author of many books of prose and poetry (Doubleday, Graywolf, etc.). Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, she has held NEA, PSA, Bunting, Howard, and numerous other prizes and fellowships; and has been published in over 300 magazines and anthologies (The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Kenyon, Esquire, Antioch, Agni, Virginia Quarterly, Harvard Review, etc.). Cited by the National Writers” Union as an outstanding writing coach, she teaches throughout the United States and France. Kathleen Spivack’s clients are her best advertisement. They win major prizes and publish widely: NEA, Pitt, Yale, Troubadour, Eugene O”Neil, Prometheus, PSA, Alice James, Bunting, Howard, Ohio, Ragdale, Chicago, Texas, Stanford, St. Martins, Cleveland, Graywolf, Workworks, Rutgers, Viking/Penguin, Simon and Schuster, Knopf, Little Brown, and others. Some are performance artists, songwriters, play and screen writers, choreographers. They staff literary magazines, bookstores, universities, major writers” conferences, communication media (print, television, cinema, radio, and theatre), and publishing houses. Tel:


Drawing classes (portrait/life model)

Would you like to learn or improve your drawing skills? Award-winning art director and artist Brett Petrie is holding a weekend intensive portrait/life model drawing class – taught in English – on March 5-6, 2005. The course will provide a relaxed, constructive atmosphere, with practical techniques and ideas that can help break down the barriers to improving drawing skills. Beginners and more accomplished artists are welcome. Class size limited to 15. Fee includes materials and model fees. Call Brett on 01 42 33 76 71 for more details, a brochure (with samples of his own art) by email, and to reserve your place.



Isabelle Richet
Professor of American Studies at the University of Paris X will discuss the so-called “value-divide” in the US, and the issues raised by the mix of religion and politics – for religion and for politics.
Tuesday, March 29
6:45 p.m.
At the home of Connie Borde
240 bis Bd St-Germain, 75007
Métro: Bac
Buses: 63, 68, 69, 84, 94
Organized by The Women’s Caucus of Democrats Abroad France RSVP to Sheila Malovany-Chevallier: [email protected]


The American Library in Paris pr

Evenings With An Author
Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation

American Library in Paris 10 Rue du Général Camou, 75007
Métro: École Militaire, Alma-Marceau, RER C Pont d’Alma
Bus: 42, 63, 69, 80, 82 and 92

For more information, please call 01 53 59 12 60 or e-mail [email protected]


Wine seminars with David Witter
April 7, April 12 and May 5

Designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of oenology. Class size is limited to encourage informal discussion and exchange of personal observations. Grape varieties within major and less well known wine growing areas of France are discussed and wines from them are tasted and evaluated in a structured manner.

Details of each seminar will be posted on my web site several days before each class. I select the wines from those most recently available in Paris. And a wine salon is coming in early April (Porte de Champerret), so I’m holding off till then. For more information see the website for Vignerons Indépendants de France, http://www.vigneron-independant.com

Astro-Paris by Eric Francis

Upon the Equinox

We are in the final few days of the astrological year, as the Sun
makes its way through the last inches of Pisces. This is a time of
closure and completion. The season of the equinox, which is exact
March 20 and in truth extends straight through the duration of the
Sun’s run through Aries, brings many changes and adjustments.
Concentrated within just a few weeks are the Equinox itself, Mercury
turning to retrograde motion the same day, and a solar eclipse April
8. This is followed by a lunar eclipse April 24.

These developments are likely to come with changes on two orders of
reality. One is an unusual quest for self and self-understanding. We
don’t really do much about these things in our society — we tend to
cruise along assuming we are who we were yesterday, and not knowing
too much about that.

The other are significant changes in the news, including turning
points in the history of the Middle East war and the Bush
administration. Both have long been sensitive to the effects of both
Mercury and anything involving early Aries.

Where do the two orders of reality meet? When are the events of the
world a wake-up call? And a wake-up to what? We shall see — but in
the excellent words of Sting, “Know your human right, be what you come
here for.”

Happy Birthday, Aries!

When the Sun makes its ingress into Aries in a few days, officially
beginning your birthday season, it will be in an exact conjunction to
the asteroid Amor. I happen to know that Cassanova, one of the most
talented men (and lovers) of the modern age, as well as Alfred Kinsey,
one of the most bold and curious, were born with the Sun conjunct
Amor. So this bodes well for you, if you are looking for a life that
is not what you would call ascetic. The key factor is curiosity: the
yearning and the quest for experience. Whether you’re driven by your
hormones, your heart, or your soul, answer the calling to find out,
and you will discover a lot more than you were expecting.

Eric Francis is a Paris-based investigative reporter and astrologer.
He is publisher of Planet Waves, a weekly news service that provides
both astrological insights and a unique perspective on world events
and personal growth. For more information, go to

Community Announcements

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our petition today!




For over 50 years, The American Women’s Group has provided social and cultural events for English speaking women. Classes, tours and gatherings offer an opportunity for English speakers in Paris to experience and appreciate the many wonderful things France has to offer while making friends and having fun. Join us today!

Membership in the American Women’s Group is open to all English speaking women. You must be a member to participate in events. Partial year memberships are available.

A few of the MARCH opportunities:
16th Lunch Around the World Series
17-18th Beyond Paris – Quimper
17th Masterpieces of the d’Orsay (Evening)
19th Versailles
21st Ile de la Cité Walking Tour
22nd Van Gogh
23rd Early Days of Ancient Greece – Louvre

A few of the APRIL opportunities:

4th Musée Picasso
6th Estelle’s Flowers
7th Beyond Paris- Chateau Tour
9th Clignancourt Flea Market
13th Lunch Around the World
13th Treasurers of the Louvre-Evening
14th Montmartre
16th Malmaison
18th Père-Lachaise
19th Auction at Hôtel Drouot
20th 18th Century Women at the Louvre
21st 3rd Annual Relocation and Repatriation Seminar

American Women’s Group
32, rue du General Bertrand
75007 Paris France
[email protected]


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.

APRIL 19. “Killer of the Modern World: The Mortality Effect of Climate Change (A Case Study of the 2003 Canicule).” The expert is Magali Barbieri, a Paris-based researcher at the Institut national d’études démographiques.

MAY 24. “The European Union.” How is it governed now, what would the proposed constitution change, and how is the ratification process going to unfold? The expert is Peter Linton, the Brussels-based Europe Chairman of BKSH (the worldwide government relations division of Burson-Marsteller).

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.

American Library in Paris
10, rue du Général-Camou
75007 Paris Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60
Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. http://americanlibraryinparis.org


Seminar Series on Children and Mental Health at the American Library in Paris.
Sponsored by the Woodward Foundation
Wednesday, March 16, 8:00 p.m.
Dr. Alain Braconnier
Psychological problems of puberty


e is a complete inversion, a rupture with childhood itself, even if puberty is still a part of growing up. Changes are physical, psychological and social. The significance and the duration of these changes explain the turmoil for the adolescent, who finds himself on the one hand wanting to embrace this transformation, and, on the other, afraid of what will result from it.

Come hear an expert discuss psychological problems parents can expect, as well as how to determine if these problems are “abnormal, ” so that outside advice should be obtained.

Dr. Braconnier is a practicing psychiatrist who teaches at the University of Paris VI, the Ecole des Psychologues Praticiens, and is Director of the Centre de Santé Mentale Philippe Paumelle.


For further information, contact

The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, 01. 53.59.12. 60 or e-mail [email protected]
Métro: Alma Marceau or École Militaire
Buses: 42, 69, 87, 80, 82; RER C Pont d’Alma


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT. Gala dinner: Saturday, April 9th, 7:30 p.m.

The American Church in Paris is teaming up with two French Protestant churches in Ile-de-France to send 20 volunteers to Beius, Romania to build a Habitat for Humanity house. To raise funds for building materials and help defray the costs of the trip, we are organizing a gala dinner at the Marriott Champs-Elysées on Saturday, April 9th, at 7:30 pm.The Marriott is helping sponsor this dinner, consisting of an aperitif and three-course meal with wine and coffee. The evening’s entertainment will include special guest speaker, Adrian Ciorna, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Romania, actress Peggy Smithhart, music, and more.

Tickets are 100 Euros, and all contributions are tax-deductible in France. To purchase a ticket or make a donation, please contact Stephanie Gober at [email protected]. Tickets will also be on sale at the American Church in Paris (65 quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris) on Sunday mornings in March.

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.

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What’s On in the City

Gay Pride Parade June 25


Venetian Carnival in Paris
Port de Plaisance Paris Bastille
April 2 & 3, 2:30-6:00 p.m.
Métro: Bastille

Tel: 06 10 84 28 73
[email protected]


Decision for the Olympics

On 6 July 2005, the members of the International Olympic Committee
will vote to determine which city: London, Madrid, Moscow, New York or
Paris, will host the 2012 Olympic Games. For the winner, the decision
will be a great honor. Just as great will be the opportunity availed
to it: for France, hosting the Games would mean seeing 42.000 lasting
jobs created and an increase in GDP of EUR 35 billion over a seven-
year period!


RATP Olympic Tickets

The RATP is selling single metro/bus/tram tickets stamped with the
Paris 2012 Olympic Candidate logo to help promote the city’s chance of
hosting the big event in 2012. Available through March 31. They’re
still just 1.40 Euro, much more expensive than buying a carnet of ten
for 10.50 Euro, but consider it a souvenir.

Classified Ads


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For example: 4-star studios at only 100 euros per night instead of 140 or a loft rue Charlot at only 800 Euros per week… Visit now!


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To start your search, contact Adrian Leeds at [email protected]


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