Taking Risks on a Snowy Paris Day


Le Marais on a Snowy Bright Gray Day in Paris

Taking Risks on a Snowy Paris Day

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Calendar #46

Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

We woke up to a serious layer of white, fluffy snow making the sky a bright gray diffused light. No warm brights, no dark shadows…just an even tone so typical of Paris I have come to appreciate, like the palette and brush stroke of an impressionist painting.

Every person I spoke to this morning said the same words: “C’est Paris sous la neige!…il est beau, n’est-ce pas?” It doesn’t snow often, so Parisians are like children in wonderland under the influence.

It’s a special snowy morning for me, as I met with a real estate agent to negotiate and finalize the price of a 23 square-meter studio on popular rue Charlot (Le Marais, 3rd) I am hoping to purchase currently inhabited by an elderly woman under the provisions of the 1948 rent control laws. Because of this, the price of the apartment is about half of the current market value even considering estimated renovation work.

There is a risk in this kind of investment, should the tenant outlive me or the costs associated with owning the apartment exceed the revenues. I’m willing to take this risk because we believe the tenant has not actually occupied the apartment for some time. With an attorney’s help, I may be able to prove that, in fact, she has broken the lease, leaving me, the new owner, to do what I want with the apartment. Naturally, I’ve earmarked it as an investment property, either for vacation short-term or long-term rental.

I’m able to do this thanks to the equity built in my current mortgage — the value of my Marais apartment has increased so dramatically that the lender is offering me a 100% mortgage for this new property. It’s a tough deal to turn down, n’est-ce pas?

Yesterday Paris was lightly snowy, too, but it didn’t stick and just turned everything glisteningly wet. In the midst of such miserable weather, I met clients from the States on rue St. Paul to visit two apartments under their consideration to purchase for a pied-à-terre they can enjoy themselves from time to time and then rent the rest of the year (hoping to cover the mortgage and operating expenses by the rentals).

Both were special finds — the kind of “sexy” apartments that aren’t so readily available on the market and a decision between them was not easy — one on rue St. Paul, the other on rue St. Antoine, both in the heart of the 4th, Le Marais. After exploring them both and over a frothy café creme at a nearby café, we all struggled with determining which was the best investment, which was the most pleasant to own, which would ultimately be the smarter purchase. There’s always some risk involved, but which has the least? A rental agent we regularly work with confirmed my own opinion — the larger one-bedroom apartment directly on rue St. Antoine overlooking the St. Paul Métro entrance, in spite of its 3rd floor walk-up and in need of some renovation (a new kitchen and bath, the other needed no work whatsoever), was the best buy, best rental, best investment. Who can resist the fabulous veiws of rue St. Antoine and Le Marais…Paris stretched out before you without having to budge from your vast tree-top windows?

On this snowy winter day in Paris, with the 17th-century wooden floor beneath my feet, I think about the past lives who came before us and built these walls and sculpted this society…I think about our present lives in the City of Light as we relish the frozen crystals turning to liquid before our very eyes…and I ponder our futures as bright and profitable, thanking Paris all along the way.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
[email protected]

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Calendar #46
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment:
Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

Comedy at the Hôtel du Nord

Tom Rhodes Hôtel du Nord
102 quai de Jemmapes Paris 10th
Tuesday, March 1
8:30 p.m.
20 & 17 Euros
Reduced rates if you get there in time

Booking all shows or http://wwww.anythingmatters.com


The International Players present:

The Pirates of Penzance
April 14th, 15th,and 16th at 8:30 p.m.
& 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 or phone: 06 76 27 11 07


Company Coincidence Theatre and Vingtième Théâtre present:
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER by Edgar Allan Poe, adapted by Steven Berkoff in English directed by Gerald GARUTTI

In the presence of a friend, in a decaying and lonely mansion, an artist on the edge of madness sees his beloved sister dying. But her death is only the beginning… An extraordinary tale as dark as it is sublime. A gothic story embodied in an extreme piece of drama. A ritual that vibrates with physical, visual, and also sound intensity.

Vingtième Théâtre
7, rue des Plâtrières, 75020 Paris
Métro: Ménilmontant or Gambetta
2nd-13th of March 2005
From Wednesday to Saturday at 8 p.m.
Sunday 3 p.m.
Length of performance: 1h15
Entry Fees: 20 Euros, 15 Euros, 10 Euros
Bookings: 01 43 66 01 13 (Vingtième Théâtre)


English Theatre presents
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare in English
directed by Kim-Michelle BRODERICK
Mondays at 8 p.m.
Studio-Theatre de la Comédie Française
Carrousel du Louvre, entrance 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Métro: Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre

Tickets still available for:
February 23, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 24, 31
and June 14, 21

Mondays & Thursdays at 8 p.m.
at UNESCO,7 place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris
Métro: Cambronne March 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
April 1 & 5

Entry Fees: 40 Euros, 30 Euros, 20 Euros (Reduced/groups 10 or more: 15 Euros)
By reservation only: phone or by email at [email protected]


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 6- Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
March 13- Paul Delmont “The Interrogation of Miriam of Nazareth”
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]


The Improfessionals Improv à la Carte

Wednesday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.

Les 7 Lézards
10 rue des Rosiers
75004 PARIS – M° St Paul
Tél: 01 48 87 08 97

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

Musical Interludes

Japanese actress, Tomoko, appearing, as YOKO ONO, in a Beatles Retrospective Concert
March 9, 9:30 p.m.

Beatles Story
13 rue Commandant, 14th
Métro: Gaité or Montparnasse
Reservations: 01-43-21-56-70

Admission with a drink is 20 euros, with dinner 50 euros.


In concert
j2999h Rouse & Band
Sunday, March 6th, 8 p.m.
Le Trabendo Parc de la Villette, Paris 19th
Tickets in advance 22 Euros (go to website to book)


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
M° 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.”


Bennye Matthews Sings Mon Pays et Paris
La Nuit Americaine
Music of Salvador Po, Billie Holiday, A. Hammer and John Simms
Théatre de la Bastille
5, rue Nicholas Appert, 11th
01 48 07 52 07
March 14, 8 p.m.
20 Euros


Concert Exceptionnel au Palais de L’UNESCO

Le Choeur Européen de Paris and its orchestra under the direction of Hugues Reiner will perform: Mahler’s 10th Symphony and the Mozart Requiem.(Over 150 artists and a cast of soloists around the famous soprano Sandrine Piau)

February 17, 8:30 p.m.
Salle no. 1 des conférences
7 place de Fontenoy, Paris 7th
Métro: Ségur, Cambronne

Tickets are 30 Euros. This benefit concert will be given for the humanitarian action of Espoir sans frontières in Sri Lanka
(which works with the association Green Hope, active there for over 30 years). Out of each ticket sold, 15 Euros will go directly to this association.

Tickets can be purchased at: FNAC-Carrefour
Virgin Mégastore, Auchan, Leclerc, Galeries Lafayette, Cultura, La Samaritaine, Le Progrès de Lyon,
Le Choeur Européen de Paris


I V Y Paris
Thursday, February 24 from 7 p.m.

Percussionist/Didgeridoo player Thomas Coffy plays ambient/ethnic music with DJ Wise.
Come and enjoy this free concert with us!
25 rue Keller,11th
Métro Bastille/Ledru Rollin

General [email protected]
Salon [email protected]
Telephone 06 26 08 87 16

Literary Events


Monday Evenings: To the Lighthouse (Start date Monday March 7th)
Tuesday Evenings: Catcher in the Rye & Great Gatsby: Comparative study looking at two different modes of social critique in the Modern Age
(Start date Tuesday March 15th)
Tuesday Afternoons: To the Lighthouse Probably…

The current set of Salons wraps up this week- as always, I feel our conversations could continue much longer. I am also hearing some wonderful writing in response to these huge works….perhaps this Spring will see the first Alesian Salon literary collection. Also looking towards the May Salons- there is a strong argument for The Crucible (timely- in memoriam of Arthur Miller as well as politically resonant…), or a Henry James text, or Moby Dick or Middlemarch or Midnights’ Children or Invisible Man…never to early to suggest your ideas.

But now it is time to turn to the next round- 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 website 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


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

March 28, 8 p.m.
Shakespeare & Company
37 rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 5th

“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


Next Meeting: March 8th, 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




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 23 February- 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Our guest speaker will be:
Valerie Atkin
Consultant. Coach. Management Consultant.
Founder, Wells Street Consulting (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

The aim of Valerie’s firm, Well Street Consulting, is to assist in the development of balanced, fully functioning individuals who can create successful organizations

Valerie’s passion for training and consulting excellence requires that she tell the truth and refuse assignments that she feels are ill-fated or that others may be better able to address. Valerie has worked with all levels and has been called “Jiminy Cricket” by some senior level executives for her ability to help them stay on course with their stated objectives. She is known as annoyingly realistic and simple, which is to say she doesn’t complicate unnecessarily.

Before founding Wells Street, she held a variety of positions including Organizational Analyst at DuPont, Manager of Development at Stauffer Chemical, National Accounts Manager at Zenger Miller, and Regional Vice President at MOHR Development. She has a degree in behavioral psychology from the University of Michigan.

Please visit: http://www.wellsstreet.com

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]



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 February 27
Featuring Journalist and Author Janinedi Giovanni, who will speak of her book: “Madness Visible: A Memoir of War.” Harrowing.

Sunday March 6
Featuring Psychotherapist Dale Novick Gaber:
“American and French Cultural Sexual Differences.”
Definitely enlightening.

Sunday March 13
Featuring Artist Roy Camblin
We’ll have dinner in Roy’s luxurious artist’s atelier in Montparnasse. Roy will speak of his exhibition “La France en Images” and show other work in progress. Will be inspirational. (Roy’s exhibit is: March 4 – 16 at Le Bar – Pub Playboy, 12 rue Frochot, 75009 Paris.)

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

Roy Camblin La France en Images
March 4 – 18, 2005
Le Bar – Pub Playboy
12, rue Frochot, 9th
01. 42. 81. 29. 54, 06. 17. 01. 27. 88

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


I V Y Paris Every Thursday
Weekly Salon from 7-11 p.m.

Tuesday,February 22 – The launch of Canadian ex-pat author, Lisa Pasold’s book WEAVE

Thursday, March 3 – Vernissage for exposition of small scale work from new I V Y artists

Thursday, March 10 – Vernissage for solo exposition of EBEN/Benoit Boucherot’s new paintings

IVY Paris
25 rue Keller
75011 PARIS
Métro Bastille/Ledru Rollin
Email: [email protected]



Art Styles of the Rich and Famous
Paris Muse Has Privileged Access to the Salomon de Rothschild Mansion

Before there were museums, there were cabinets de curiosités. Also known as wunderkammen, or cabinets of wonder, noble collectors arranged their most precious objects in these cabinets for delectation and display. Every home of standing would feature one, a kind of VIP room for high culture. The 19th-century Salomon de Rothschild mansion in Paris was no exception.

Our new 1.5- hour tour “The Rothschild Private Collection” will focus primarily on this cabinet de curiosités, a room brimming with the findings of Salomon and Adele Rothschild, members of the formidable finance dynasty’s Paris branch. You’ll see how collecting treasures and constructing mansions like this one were part of an elaborate effort to create le goût Rothschild, the family’s “brand” of taste and sophistication.

Rates: 75 Euros per person

To reserve, visit


Mona Lisa Moves

If you’ve been to the Louvre’s Grande Galerie in the last four years, you may have noticed large grey construction walls marring its otherwise spectacular space. Behind those walls, workers were busy renovating the Salle des États. Salle 6 on the first floor of the Louvre’s Denon wing – otherwise known as “the place where Mona Lisa is supposed to be”- will finally open its doors this April.

Leonardo’s Mona Lisa will no longer be exiled from the rest of her creator’s paintings: La Belle Ferronière, Virgin of the Rocks, and John the Baptist. In her newly restored setting, she’ll be smiling at familiar Venetian company too. Veronese’s epic Wedding of Cana, once awkwardly wedged between French history paintings, will also make its triumphal return to the Salle des États.

In preparation for the big move, Mona Lisa will be hidden from her admiring public on one historic day: Monday, April 4, 2005. But everything should be back to normal in time for American director Ron Howard to begin shooting his film adaptation of “The Da Vinci Code” in May. Howard has just received permission from the Ministry of Culture to shoot inside the Louvre. And, conveniently enough, the Salle des États is a featured site in Dan Brown’s mystery thriller.

Read more about our “Cracking ‘The Da Vinci Code’ at the Louvre” tour


Les Expos en Cours

Dijkstra at the Jeu de Paume, Bartholdi at Arts et Métiers, and Pharoahs at the Institut du Monde Arabe

Read more about those current exhibitions and others

Knowledge is Power:
Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

NLP Soir
Thursday February 24

An evening opportunity to meet trainers Robbie Steinhouse and Ed Hines, see a brief NLP presentation and learn what’s involved in NLP training. Chat to people currently taking part and find out how it is benefiting them. Wine and canapés from 7:30 p.m.

NLP Taster Day – Monday 28th February 2005
A chance to spend a fun day getting an overview of NLP and come away with practical skills you can use right away. Receive a tour of NLP’s most important principles and practical

techniques and increase your rapport skills, motivation and confidence.
From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
30 Euros
Further information at http://www.coachingconsultancy.com/training/htm


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 5-6 March 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
Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation

Wednesday, March 2, 8:00 p.m.

Cara Black
Murder in Clichy

A small act of generosity leads to murder for Black’s savvy and sensitive Parisian PI Aimée Leduc. As always, Black seamlessly integrates fascinating historical material about both Paris itself and the immigrant groups in the story (the history of jade and its role in Vietnamese culture drive the action here), with plenty of opportunity to experience all aspects of Clichy’s multifaceted personality. Leduc’s irrepressible appeal and Black’s signature ability to use Paris as a character make this another “don’t miss.”

Evenings With an Author are free and open to the public.

American Library in Paris
10 Rue du Général Camou, 7th
Métro : Ecole 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]

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!
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

Advanced Writing Workshop-Creative Renewal

Three sessions for Advanced Writers in English in Paris
with Kathleen Spivack
Sunday, March 13, 10:30 to 13:30
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 & 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.


Astro-Paris by Eric Francis

Astro-Paris by Eric Francis

President Bush has met with French President Chirac as the Moon approached the full. He arrived at the other end of the lunar cycle as Condi Rice, his secretary of state, who visited during the recent Aquarius New Moon. The two visits are connected, both in diplomatic terms as well as in astrological ones.

Bush wisely avoided a trip to Paris. There are more people here out for his scalp than in the United States, and if the French know how to do one thing, it is manifest a manifestation. But that does not mean that he is not, in essence, sowing the seeds of controversy as he meets with European leaders. As the next few months progress, the Moon in the chart for this visit will do the same thing — progress toward the full during the next six months and thus re-emphasize a long series of opposition aspects in the chart. This week, the Moon opposes many planets in Aquarius and Pisces both before and after the Full Mo

on, which is overnight Wednesday to Thursday.

These progressions will, at least, will bring out the issues, and make it clear what the real discussion (the one we’re not hearing now) is about. Interesting that the dollar lost about 1.5 cents during the European visit, as South Korea announced it was shifting from the dollar to other currencies. And, this same week, word has begun circulating widely that the United States is likely to commence military action against Iran in June. A such, this could be a final opportunity to mend some fences before it becomes truly impossible — or at least the last opportunity for a diplomatic (a Greek word meaning two-faced) stage show.

Those watching financial markets need to be particularly cautious around the time of the Saturn’s entry into Leo in July, which is a classic, that is, classical astrological image of “revaluing” that which is valuable.

Watch for ongoing details and daily updates at http://planetwaves.net/

Happy Birthday, Pisces!

It’s been a long time since you could view life with unmitigated optimism, but then, you’re not feeling very much yourself lately. Yet you are getting accustomed to the new energy that is filling you up and very likely overflowing into the world around you. Just be sure you remember that this is all different, and it’s supposed to be. If you recognize just how different, I could see you having some concern that the spell will break, though the contrary seems to be true: whatever strength or energy has found its way to you is not getting anything except stronger. Rise to the occasion; match the investment the universe is making in you and the results will be fabulous.

For the annual 2005 horoscope from Eric Francis, please visit this link: http://planetwaves.net/2005horoscope.html

Eric Francis is a Paris-based astrological writer and consultant with 10 years experience, and publisher of Planet Waves, Inc., a Seattle-based company. You can reach him via his United States office at (206) 567-4455 during Eastern business hours (speak to Ms. Bottinelli), or in Paris at 01 4329-0834. You can visit his web page at http://planetwaves.net/ where you can subscribe to the long-awaited 2005 annual horoscope.

For the annual 2005 horoscope from Eric Francis, please visit this link: http://planetwaves.net/2005horoscope.html

Eric Francis is a Paris-based astrological writer and consultant with 10 years experience. You can reach him via his United States office at (206) 567-4455 during Eastern business hours (speak to Ms. Bottinelli), or in Paris at 01 4329-0834. You can visit his web page at http://planetwaves.net/ where you can subscribe to the long-awaited 2005 annual horoscope.

Community Announcements

Mairie of the 3rd Arrondissement announces:

Le musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme
Jews of France in World War II
Exhibition February 16 to 29, 2005
Read in French: http://www.mairie3.paris.fr/mairie3/jsp/Portail.jsp?id_article=9044&id_rubrique=491



Film: Weapons of Mass Deception Inside the Media War You Never Saw
A film by Danny Schechter
Followed by a discussion with journalists
Sponsored by Young Dems Abroad

at 6:30 PM
American University of Paris
31 avenue Bosquet, 75007
Grand Salon
Contribution: 5 Euros
There were two wars in Iraq — a military assault and a media war. The former was well-covered; the latter was not.
Until now, for security reasons, you MUST RSVP.
Email Harolyn Mitchell: [email protected]



Invite you to a talk by U.S. Representative ELLEN TAUSCHER, Democrat from California and U.S. Representative TOM PETRI Republican from Wisconsin.

Moderated by international lawyer and professor, Tony Morella


Representative Tauscher serves on many committees including the Defense and Security of NATO’s Parliamentary Assembly. She has visited Iraq several times. Representative Petri serves on the French Caucus and the American Parliamentary group as well as other committees. Both have served in the U.S. Congress for many years.

Wednesday, February 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
American University of Paris 6, rue Colonel Combes (behind the American Church, 63 bus,) 7th

5 Euros at the door Reservations required for security reasons. Please email [email protected] or call 014500 4283 (Please do not email back to address you received this on.)



A few of the February opportunities:

23rd Lunch Around the World

A few of the March opportunities:
2nd Louvre & Egypt: Art in the Land of the Pharaohs
3rd Le Cordon Bleu Wine Tasting
7th Story of the Louvre Part III
9th Estelle’s Flowers — Tour of the Flower Markets
14th AWG Coffee
15th Musée Cognacq-Jay
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
The Wine & Spirits Auction!
Join us for our biggest event of the year on Saturday, March 12, 2005! Our annual auction of wine, champagne and spirits will be run by the prestigious auction house, Christie’s France. The finest purveyors of luxury goods in France have donated items for our Silent Auction. There will be great prizes in our Tombola and lots of fun for everyone! 55 Euros per person. Reserve early, tickets sell out!

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.

MARCH 2. Wednesday 8pm Cara Black reads from her Anthony nominated Aimée Leduc Investigation series set in Paris, and discusses research, plot and character in the Mystery novel

MARCH 15. “Corporate Social Responsibility: How Europeans And Americans Understand This Term Differently.” The ex

pert is Kate Fish, the Paris representative of the San Francisco-based consultancy Business for Social Responsibility.

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

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


A financial conference for women, presented by WICE and The American University of Paris

March 15, 2005 8:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The American University of Paris
6 rue Colonel Combes, 7th

If you have never benefited from financial coaching, this is the place for you.

There’s never been a better time for women to take control of their financial futures. Even if financial equality has not been achieved, women are more financially successful and independent than ever before. With that success comes more responsibility to organize and manage their financial health.

MONEY MATTERS FOR WOMEN is a one-day conference designed to assist globally mobile women who want to better understand their current financial situations and plan intelligently for their futures.

As an attendee, you will:

Discover how to take control of your finances through organization, making investments and proactive planning; Explore alternative retirement options and how to care for aging parents from abroad; Have access to the most up-to-date, professional financial advice and products; Learn how to plan for what and whom you leave behind. Take this opportunity to meet some of the world’s most dynamic individuals in the financial industry, gain the knowledge and confidence to help manage your own financial roadmap.

copyright © 2004-2005, [Money Matters for Women]. all rights reserved.


HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT. 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, Paris 7th) 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.

This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at

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Think of coming to Paris before it high season — check http://www.parismarais.com — THE reference Web site for le Marais. Discover selected hotels and the best places to shop as well as last minute promotions on luxury weekly rentals.

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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