Sex in the City is No Comédie Française
Parler Paris Previews…
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
First You Dream It. Then You Do it.
Working and Living in France Conference
If you’ve always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a “pied-à-terre” of your own part of the year or investing in property in France, this three-day power-packed conference is a MUST. These three days in Paris will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! The line-up for the conference includes lectures, discussions, dinner, cocktails — with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts.
The conference includes…
* A Private Tour of the City Hall of Paris!
Dear Parler Paris Reader,
Last night after Parler Parlor’s session at Berlitz Opera, I headed down avenue de l’Opera toward the Palais Royal to meet a friend for dinner. Now that we’re on daylight savings time, it was still bright at 8 p.m.. The sky was its usual overcast self, having been raining on and off all day, diffusing the light and sending warm pink tones down to the glistening wet streets.
There is tremendous beauty and serenity in the subtle lighting — no brights, no dark shadows — against the symmetry of the Parisian architecture. Just as I was reaching Place Colette, where the bejeweled Métro entrance is juxtaposed against the colonnaded Comédie Française, I noticed two young women walking toward me, independent of one another — one smiling broadly, taking in the sights; the other reading as she was walking, paying no attention to anyone or anything other than the pages of her book.
It struck me that the first could easily have been an American, so happy to be here, smiling with contentment as we often see them doing (yes, we do this!). The second I assumed was Parisian, typically oblivious to the scene around her. Meanwhile, La Comédie Française was busy with spectators entering to see the “Platanov — Le Fléau de l’Absence de Pères.”
This famous theater was established in 1680 by Louis XIV’s troupe of actors and members of a rival troupe from the Hôtel de Bourgogne representing the works of Corneille, Racine and Molière. It marked the beginning of theater in France. Today it is comprised of three theaters: Salle Richelieu, Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier and the Studio-Théâtre. (For more information or to reserve upcoming spectacles, visit the official site [in French] at http://www.comedie-francaise.fr/)
Wednesdays marks the day of the week most spectacles and events open. There are a few different entertainment guides in Paris we live by that publish their new listings every Wednesday: Pariscope, L’Officiel des Spectacles and Zurban, being the most popular.
My personal favorite is the most recent on the scene — Zurban. It’s both an entertainment guide and commentator on the coming events. I find the articles interesting and informative, easy to read (in French) and the listings easy to follow…a subscription puts it in my mailbox every Wednesday like clockwork.
This morning, I couldn’t help but be shocked by its content…even for an American living here so many years! The cover: “Sexe à Paris.”
Okay…that in itself is nothing to blink an eye at…but as you head toward the main article about the liberation of sex in the capital, you realize the photos leave nothing — and I mean nothing — to the imagination. A page later, an article is titled “Steak and the City” — and from my own cultural base, I couldn’t help but misread it as “Sex in the City!”
Hustler, move over. Zurban rivals you. Zurban is on every newsstand, along side the other guides, Le Monde and the International Herald Tribune. Clearly, the French culture, sexually liberated as it is, thinks nothing of exposing orgiastic encounters to a general audience.
Would the woman I saw who was reading as she was walking have even noticed? I wonder.
A la prochaine…
P.S. We were notified that last Wednesday’s newsletter titled “Sein” Advice — Americans Bare Their Breasts” landed in a lot of readers’ spam or junk mailboxes, likely due to the word “breast” in the subject line. If that happened to you and you’re not opposed to reading about breasts (!), you can do so by visiting /parlerparis/issues/readpastissues.html where all past issues can be accessed!
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Thank you, Adrian
If you wish your community announcement to be listed in the Parler Paris Previews, continue to please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Nancy Szczepanski: [email protected]?subject=Calendar_Listing We reserve the right to edit as necessary.
Thank you, Adrian
Festival of Short Shorts
At: Forum des Images
Paris Film Festival
100-film pass, 15 euros
Cinéma Gaumont Marignan
The American University of Paris” WhiteMask Theater Group presents…
ENTENTE CORDIALE CENTENNIAL ONE WORLD ACTORS PRODUCTIONS
Mondays at 8 p.m.
Tickets still available for: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 24, 31 and June 14 and 21
Mondays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Tickets: 40 Euros, 30 Euros, and 20 Euros (Reduced/groups 10 or more: 15 Euros) By reservation only: phone 01.48.28.09.26 or by email at [email protected]
La Compagnie Lester McNutt presents: TREEMONISHA by Scott Joplin Opera
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
The story of a young woman who defies the facts of her social and
The New York Times praised Treemonisha as gently imbued with ragtime,
The International Players present:
Salle des Fêtes Quai Voltaire, 78230 Le Pecq
MOVING PARTS Play Readings Carr’s Pub and Restaurant
Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.
Plays in English:
April 17 NC Heikin “Femail”
Contact Stephanie Campion at 06.14.67.18.58 to book a reading of YOUR play. June 2005 onwards dates available.
The Paris Choral Society will be performing:
April 3 at 5:00, April 5th 8:30
Tickets: 15 Euros or 10 Euros for students at the door or at FRAC/Virgin
Poetry reading: KATHLEEN SPIVACK AND PARTRICIA NOLAN will read from their new and selected poems.
April 4, 7 p.m.
Shakespeare and Company
RENCONTRE AU MUSÉE DAPPER
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
ALESIAN LITERARY SALON By Toby Brothers
Starting this week — To the Lighthouse
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
PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
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
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of Business Cards to exchange with
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.
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 to 8:30 .p.m
Shari Segall President of Foreign Affairs Ltd and Expert Networker
When Shari Leslie Segall arrived in Paris in 1985, she talked her way into what she calls “the greatest job in the world.” Since then, she has been giving presentations (for organizations such as WICE, etc.), interviews (for books and articles) and advice (through her company Foreign Affairs, Ltd.) on how to use this technique, as well as on writing a great Curriculum Vitae and preparing for job interviews.
Foreign Affairs, Ltd. specializes in marketing, p.r., document creation (newsletters, brochures, web text, speeches, ghostwritten books), event organizing and advice to expats. also teaches part-time at Sciences Po. Under the nom de plume Dale Gershwin, she is a published author whose books are set in or about France; her latest book, “France…REALLY!!!” will be available for purchase (at a discount) and dedication the evening of her talk.
(Please bring a pen and paper to this presentation, for note taking.)
PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
PARIS SOIREES DINNERS EVERY SUNDAY AT 6:30 p.m.
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.
Future Paris Soirées Dinners: Sunday, April 3, 6:30 p.m.
“Beating The Odds In Hollywood.” Featuring Author Melvin Donalson, author of “Black Directors In Hollywood”
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. INTERNATIONAL CUISINE. CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. 20 Euros in an envelope.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
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.
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS WITH A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR.
Tell your french friends!
Business English, conversation,writing,TOEFL/TOIC prep. All levels. Lessons designed to meet student’s needs.
The Musée Dapper
The next three scheduled “Classes de Cuisine” will be on: Monday’s: April 4, May 9, and June 6
April in Paris, isn’t only a fantastic song, it’s also the title of
Spring is the season of lamb and a whole selection of beautiful
Our classes try to be informal and chatty, full of useful tips and
We begin the morning at 9h30 with coffee and croissants, spend
If you would like to reserve a place, please respond by email giving
Alternatively you may reserve by telephone at 01 45 55 15 05 or
Restaurant Le Violon d’Ingres
Arts nord sud Paris present American artists: Aleksander Balos and Davide Larousse
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
SPECIAL CLOSING: Saturday, May 14th
Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 38 Avenue de l”Opéra
At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11
Workshop in Executive Presence with Madeleine BARCHEVSKA, M.A.
Inviting You to Explore … “Behind the Mask”
Increased business effectiveness, confidence, clarity and impact are the results of this training. Designed for executives and top management, this is a high-performance learning experience which enhances personal impact, accelerates development of personal style, and minimizes stress.
The mask is an ancient tool of liberation. It magnifies perception and puts us in direct contact with the flow of our nervous system and our impulse to respond to life. Knowledge from both life sciences and theatre arts fuel this training. It is both direct and indirect, deep and engaging, and contributes immediately to success at a dynamic executive level.
Madeleine Barchevska has developed an award-winning approach to training which is profound, accelerated, fascinating and which gives immediate results in all areas of life. Barchevska takes the essence of artistic and scientific knowledge and custom-designs training for the specific needs of each individual within the group. This can be a memorable learning experience for each participant.
Friday evening , April 8, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. and Saturday morning April 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Total: 6 hours)
At: Atelier 44, 159 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
To Reserve Your Place : Send a check for 50 Euros before April 3rd to Madeleine Barchevska 67, bd. Bineau 92200 Neuilly sur-Seine (Balance to be paid on Friday evening)
The French-American Foundation-Comité Français invites you to a breakfast-debate on “Japan, between American and Asia” with Robert Dujarric, council on Foreign Relations Hitachi and Karoline Postel-Vinay, Director of research at CERI
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: 01.43.35.10.88
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: 01.43.35.10.88
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.
The American Library in Paris presents: Evenings With An Author
American Library in Paris 10 Rue du Général Camou, 75007
Wine seminars with David Witter
AMERICAN WOMEN’S GROUP
A few of the APRIL opportunities:
4th Musée Picasso
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
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT. Gala dinner
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.
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
Gay Pride Parade June 25
Decision for the Olympics
On July 6, 2005, the members of the International Olympic Committee
RATP Olympic Tickets
The RATP is selling single metro/bus/tram tickets stamped with the
Single American professional woman seeking furnished studio or one-bedroom Paris apartment with lots of storage, bath tub, proper overn and lots of light for 800 Euros or less per month to rent from May 1 for 6 months or longer. Contact Nancy mailto:[email protected]
North American couple seeking inexpensive furnished short-term rental apartment of one-bedroom or larger from May 1 for two to three months while renovations take place on personal residence. Contact Nicole [email protected]
Leeds Marais Apartment
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 th
e freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is there.
Pictures and more details available at /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html
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Sex in the City is No Comédie Française
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