Passing the Night in a Poetic Paris

Passing the Night in a Poetic Paris

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A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris

Calendar #76

Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

It is simply impossible to be bored in Paris — morning, noon, night and all through the night, there is something to do for everyone and anyone. The upcoming week’s activities in the City of Light are filling every waking moment, including moments when I shouldn’t even be awake!

Here’s a brief glimpse at what’s on the agenda…and perhaps you’ll want to join me for a thing or two. (Pay particular attention to next week’s poetic pasttimes!)

Saturday, October 1st, the day starts off with conversational French at Parler Parlor where I and hundreds of others have learned to speak French. (If it weren’t for the conversation group, I’d still be using sign language!) If you want to check it out, it’s free the first time you come and all you have to do is show up 5 minutes ahead of 11 a.m. at Eurocentres, 13 passage Dauphine, 6th. Visit for more info.

Later that afternoon, Parler Paris Marketing Director Lynda Sydney, Gar Westfall (the reader and friend from Hawaii who encountered the pantsless good looking guy at the laundromat last week) and I will be walking the Chocolate Walk with author Leonard Pitt (“Paris Disparu”) where we are sure to have our fill of fun and flavor. Leonard is a fountain of information and passionate about Paris…not to mention chocolate. The walks are worth every centime…just to hear him orate ecstatically on what was sadly lost during Paris’ recreation à la Haussmann. He may have a few spots left, so scroll down for more information or email him at [email protected] to reserve. (Leonard is also speaking at the Living and Investing in France Conference Dinner in San Francisco, open to the public, for those who wish to join us for the dinner and his talk. Visit /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SF_2005/LIF_SF_dinner.html for more information.

That night is La Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night)…the 4th year and bigger and better than ever…with the work of talented artists from all horizons (music, visual art, video, sound, lighting) deploying their skills in order to amaze and move us. In the space of a few hours, Paris will become the home of the night-owls. Museums, libraries, swimming pools and churches throw open their doors. Unconventional illuminations, offbeat sounds, unusual exhibitions, original ideas…are all on the agenda for this night without sleep. So rest up and plan on being out on the town all night long. To plan your itinerary, visit the site at (in French) and remember, you can now go anywhere anytime thanks to the new Noctiliens buses from 12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. Click on for the routes map.

Sunday night October 2nd at 7 p.m., the Paris poets are gathering at my apartment to celebrate the opening of the 4th Edition of the Paris Poetry Workshop over buffet dinner with readings by Cecilia Woloch, Jeffrey Greene, Lisa Pasold and Ellen Hinsey and other Paris-based poets. It’s limited, but there are a few choice spots left. For 30 euros, you’ll get dinner, wine and great works from these talented poets. To reserve, email Lynda Sydney a.s.a.p. at [email protected] First come first serve.

The Paris Poetry Workshop still has room for a couple of full-time attendees (see /parlerparis/poetry/parisoctober2005.html for more information and to register NOW!), but 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 (or the budget), now’s your chance to take advantage of a session or two. Plus, don’t miss the evening readings around town. Scroll down to see the schedule…and mark your calendar now!

To top off the week of events, Thursday night, the Paris Poetry Workshop attendees will gather at my favorite good-value restaurant in the 5th — Les Fêtes
Galantes — for a special farewell dinner. It’s a tiny spot with great food at ridiculously low prices…so sorry, you’ll have to reserve for yourself another night!: Les Fetes Galantes, 17, rue de l’Ecole de Polytechnique, Paris 5th — call to reserve, ask for Isabelle or Bibi and be sure to tell them Adrian sent you!

A la prochaine…








Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. To read select poems by Cecilia Woloch, visit /parlerparis/articles/index.html for “FILTH,” “WARSAW,” and “43 RUE DE SAINTONGE.” To purchase her books or Leonard Pitt’s, visit /parlerparis/books/index.html


The 4th Edition of the Paris Poetry Workshop
October 2 – 6, 2005
With Cecilia Woloch



Monday, October 3

2:30 – 4 p.m.
Rose Thé, 104 avenue Ledru-Rollin, Paris 11th
Discussion with poet/memoirist Jeffrey Greene: “The Lyrical Prose Passage: Using Poetic Technique in the Composition of Prose”

Paris-based writer Jeffrey Greene is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry, To the Left of the Worshipper and American Spirituals, as well as the internationally acclaimed memoir French Spirits.

30 Euros includes refreshments. To reserve, email Lynda Sydney a.s.a.p. at [email protected]

7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Shakespeare & Company, 37, rue de la Bucherie, 75005 Paris
Poetry reading at Shakespeare & Company with Cecilia Woloch, Ellen Hinsey, Jeffrey Greene and Cyrus Cassells

Tuesday, October 4

2:30 – 4 p.m.
Rose Thé, 104 avenue Ledru-Rollin, Paris 11th
Discussion/workshop with poet Lisa Pasold: “The Pleasures and Rigors of the Ghazal”

Lisa Pasold’s first book of poetry, Weave, came out last year from Frontenac House, Calgary; her second volume, A Bad year for Journalists, is due from Frontenac House this spring. Her work has also appeared in anthologies such as 100 Poets Against the War. She grew up in Montreal, later moved to New York, and currently lives behind Montmartre, near the flea market. Frontenac House will publish her second collection of poems in 2006.

30 Euros includes refreshments. To reserve, email Lynda Sydney a.s.a.p. at [email protected]

7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Poetry reading at The Red Wheelbarrow
with Lisa Pasold, Jennifer Dick, Bill Strangmeyer and Michele Noteboom Red Wheelbarrow Bookshop, 22, rue Saint Paul, Paris 4th

Wednesday, October 5

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Meet at 1 p.m. inside lobby at the Information/Welcome Desk
An Ekphrastic Afternoon with Jennifer K. Dick at the Centre Georges Pompidou…looking at visual art and writing exercises.

Jennifer K. Dick is the author of Flourescence, winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Prize 2004. She lives and works in Paris where she is completing her doctorate on visual gestures in the poetry of Susan Howe, Myung Mi Kim and Anne-Marie Albiach.

30 Euros plus museum entrance fee. To reserve, email Lynda Sydney a.s.a.p. at [email protected]

6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
14 rue St Louis en l’Ile, Paris 4th
Reading/Cocktails and Dinner Soirée hosted by Patricia LaPlante-Collins

Free-flowing wine, networking and poetry readings by participants in the Paris Poetry Workshop, also featuring Paris based-poets Heather Hartley and Jennifer Huxta.

Cocktails at 6:30 p.m., reading at 7:30 p.m., “plat du jour” to follow…
20 Euro donation for dinner and wine
RSVP via email [email protected] or telephone

Thursday, October 6

2:30 – 4 p.m.
Meet Rose Thé, 104 avenue Ledru-Rollin, Paris 11th and travel to the Cimetiere de Montparnasse to visit Baudelaire’s grave

Discussion/workshop with poet Heather Hartley on Charles Baudelaire

Heather Hartley is the Paris editor of Tin House Magazine and the Director of Creative Writing at WICE. Her poems have appeared in The Mississippi Review, Smartish Pace, Kalliope, CALYX and elsewhere. Her literary awards include first place in the 2004 Brentano’s Bookstore Poetry Contest and the 2002 first prize in poetry for the Tin House/Summer Literary S

eminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.

30 Euros. To reserve, email Lynda Sydney a.s.a.p. at [email protected]


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Calendar #76
Wednesday, September 28, 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 “Joh

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

Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play. January 2006 onwards available dates. Program subject to change. Latest version always available at 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

Art and Culture

La Nuit Blanche
Saturday, October 1

Nuit Blanche is back and more surprising than ever. The Paris City Council invites us to take a different look at the capital by asking talented artists from all horizons (music, visual art, video, sound, lighting) to deploy their skills in order to amaze and move us.

In the space of a few hours, Paris becomes home of the night-owls. Dressed in their evening finery, museums, libraries, swimming pools and churches throw open their doors. Unconventional illuminations, offbeat sounds, unusual exhibitions, original ideas…are all on the agenda for this night without sleep.

For program information visit: (Please note that this site is in French.)

Special Note:
Nuit Blanche Unlimited from France Telecom!
Last Day to Register!

To celebrate Nuit Blanche, France Telecom is offering free calling from your fixed line phone to other fixed lines or mobile phones, starting on Saturday, October 1 from 10 p.m. until Sunday at 8 a.m.

To take advantage of this special deal you must first register your telephone number, by September 28. For more information visit:


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 1, 8, 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 build

ings.” – 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 /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SF_2005/LIF_SF_dinner.html


“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 neighborhoods — 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


Ciné-club Afrique Second Season

Regular meeting: 3rd Friday of the month

Director: Carlos Dieguès, Brazil

Gala Premiere
Friday, September 30 at 8:30 p.m.

Reservations required, call
5 euros


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

Friday, September 30, 9:00 p.m.

“We’re BACK and we’re still not tired!”

James Vincent June: drums
Ronan the Barbarian: guitar
Baptiste Lebassiste: bass
Sue Supernova: cello
Richard the Dude: trumpets
M Erique: guitar/vocals

Plus, special guests!

La Pomme d’Eve
1 Rue Laplace, 75005, Paris
Métro: Maubert Mutualité
Entry: 5 euros


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

Literary Events

La Nuit Blanche at the American Library in Paris
Saturday, October 1, starting at 8:30 p..m.

Evelyn Nien-Ming Chien
Weird English
With Anne Marsella, author of The Lost and Found and Other Stories
A witty and lively discussion on the sometimes unorthodox use of English by multicultural writers like Vladimir Nabokov, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Salman Rushdie, who conjure up new contexts, chara

cters, and emotional lives utilizing idioms from their own linguistic heritage.

10:00 p.m.
With Steve Browman and the Ensemble from the American School of Modern Music

Also at the Library:
TREESCAPES, an exhibit of art by Pauline Choi

Refreshments will be served.
Free and open to the public.

American Library in Paris
10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris

Métros: Ecole Militaire, Alma-Marceau, RER C Pont de l’Alma
Bus: 42,63,69,80,82 and 92

For more information, please call or e-mail [email protected]

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




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

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.



Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia

For more information contact Patricia
[email protected]




Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.


This Week We’re Having Two Paris Soirées Dinners!
Sunday, October 2 – Jeane Freer, Spiritual Counsellor and Healer
Wednesday, October 5 – Paris Poets Heather Hartley and Jennifer Huxta and the 4th Paris Poetry Workshop Participants

Sunday, October 2 at 6:30
Our guest of honor will be:
Jeane Freer
Spiritual Counselor and Healer

Jeane is a spiritual counsellor and healer who has been working with clients since 1980. In her practice she incorporates traditional counselling techniques from a variety of disciplines
(Freudian, Jungian, Gestalt, Transpersonal, etc.) with Bach Flower Remedies, visualisations, affirmations, healing, crystal work and other modalities. She also provides Metamorphic Technique sessions, and is a professional Tarot reader.

Jeane will offer, in Paris, workshops in The Care and Use of Crystals and Stones, Bach
Flower Remedies, Mask-Making (making a cast of your own face), plus other workshops and consultations.

She can be contacted at or by email at [email protected]

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

Honoring 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.

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.

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27 Years of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes

Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.

Jim Haynes Atelier
A2 83, rue de la Tombe Issoire
75014 Paris
[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:



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.

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

First Tuesday
October 4, 2005
Drinks 7:30 p.m., Dinner 8:00 p.m.


Jean-François Daguzan, Expert on the Mediterranean, Fondation pour La Recherche Stratéqique (FRS) Karim Tazi, businessman and social activist, member of the Board of the Moroccan Social Development Agency.

Moderator: Rey Riemer, Executive Vice-Chair, DAF

Our theme for the kick-off the 2005-06 First Tuesday season is Morocco. Our speakers, will look at that strategic country from two different viewpoints. From a “macro” standpoint, Jean-François Daguzan will place the country in its present strategic context in the Maghreb and the Mediterranean basin. Karim Tazi will give the “micro” view, discussing the development of civil society in Morocco, his own efforts at forming and federating neighborhood associations, NGOs and youth activities, and the need to develop alternatives to extremism, which is gaining ground in the country.

To be held at:
Parnasse 138
138 boulevard du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
Métros: Vavin, Raspail

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 “Parnasse 138″ 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 or Janice Mitchell at Please leave your information clearly and slowly when you call these numbers and reach a message machine!


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

Also, email Anne [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

us Venues


“Nuit Blanche” Contemporary Art Festival
October 1
Streets of Paris


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


WIN France the Way You Like It!

The Maison de la France, French Government Tourist Office is giving away a trip to France.

Just tell them about your dream trip to France and you could win it!

It’s simple, fun and will only take a few minutes. You can also increase your chance of winning by referring a friend upon registration.

To enter, visit:

But hurry – contest closes September 30, 2005. Good luck!

Classified Ads


Rue du Square Carpeaux, Paris 18th

Comfortable, spacious rez-de-chaussée studio with a separate kitchen. Located in a very well-kept building at the end of a small street directly across from Square Carpeaux, this apartment is quiet and private. Sleeps up to 3.

700 euros for one week
1200 euros for two weeks
1600 euros for three weeks
1900 euros for a month

October 11 to October 31, 2005
November 22 to December 12, 2005
After January 12, 2006

To reserve, please contact Lynda Sydney at [email protected]


Leeds Marais Apartment
Available in its entirety October 19 – 31, 2005 and November 22 – 27, 2005

Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square
meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and
is perfect for up to four people when rented in its entirety or a
single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian
Leeds is there.

Pictures and more details available at


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