The City of Light Glows with Holiday Cheer
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
I arrived back in Paris yesterday to a beautifully sunny blue-skied day and an evening in the City of Light particularly aglow — as it is this time of year. Many of the market streets make a special effort to decorate for the holidays. There is even an association to provide counsel on technique and creativity — l’Association des Concepteurs d’Eclairage (ACE). Those streets known for being the most innovative are: rue de Belleville, boulevard Saint-Germain, rue de Rivoli, rue Mouffetard and avenue de Saint-Ouen. then, of course, the department stores are not to be missed, particularly Galeries Lafayette whose eastern motif lights have been brightening up the entire Opéra area for the past few years.
Add to your list of things to do one or more of the 15 concerts starting today playing through December 16th in the name of peace, tolerance, respect and charity — works transcending three religions taking place in ten churches and other locations throughout the city as part of the “Festival d’Art Sacré de la Ville de Paris.” Pierre et Gilles’ imaginary baroque work titled “Simplicité, Grâce et Eloquence” is the publicity poster for the event. Cost is 10 euros per place. For more information, scroll down to the calendar or visit the site at http://www.festivaldartsacre.new.fr for the list of concerts and their locations.
Legal advisor, Jean Taquet, addresses two legal questions in this month’s holiday issue of his monthly Q and A (no issue in January) — Read Jean’s column in its entirety by visiting /parlerparis/practicalanswers.html and to read ten years worth of Jean’s valuable advice, you may want to get a copy of “The Insider Guide to Practical Answers for Living in France,” a compilation of his monthly columns over ten years — more than 300 questions and answers that are real-life stories from individuals who have lived here before, who have confronted practical situations that will inevitably resemble those you might face when living abroad. Their situations can give you a wealth of experiential information on which you can build a life in France.
Building a life in France usually starts with where you “hang your hat” and call home. Lots of our readers are discovering the advantages of owning property here, especially now while values are rising steadily and healthily. Along with a line-up of Paris’ best professionals, we’re going to be talking about how to make your property investment in France grow and pay off at our upcoming December 29th Invest in France Seminar here in Paris. There are still some seats left to make this valuable learning experience part of your exciting holiday in Paris. Visit /frenchproperty/conference/IIF_Paris/IIF_home.html for more information or contact Schuyler Hoffman at [email protected], phone in the U.S. 1-310-427-7589.
A la prochaine…
P.S. Don’t confuse Parler Paris with any other newsletter about Paris! If it isn’t from “[email protected],” then it isn’t Parler Paris!…And don’t forget, Friday’s Paris Property Picks has become a special feature of French Property Insider. You will still receive Parler Paris Mondays (open topic) and Wednesdays (Parler Paris Previews — A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris). French Property Insider is a weekly e-letter devoted to property in France… sharing insights, recommendations, tips and discoveries about property in both Paris and France including how to find the home of your dreams, how to get an inexpensive mortgage and how to make the move simple and easy. Click here to see for yourself and subscribe: /frenchproperty/insider
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Maison de la Culture Yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem
Sylvie Braitman presents “De Varsovie a Paris, ou comment ma grand mere a decouvert l’amour.” Accompanied by Pierre Cleitman, accordion.
Maison de la Culture Yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem
Moving Parts Play Readings In English
Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
The following readings have been organized by Moving Parts
Always on Sundays, always at 7.30 p.m.!
Plays in English:
5th December Shena Wilson “Don’t be Daft”
Plays in French :
Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play:
Drama Ties Theatre Company presents three plays in English, at Comédie Bastille, 5 rue Nicolas Appert, Paris 11th:
Théâtre Pixel presents…
Bus Stop by William Inge
“In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked and four weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning…”
Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. until December 18th
The Improfessionals’ Impro à la carte
Wednesday, December 1st – 7:30 p.m. at Les 7 Lézards
Resist the falling temperature outside -Come along to our steamy kitchen and warm up from the inside!
Les 7 Lézards
Want to know more about the Improfessionals? Visit our website: http://www.improfessionals.com
On Stage at the Théâtre de Nesle through January 2005
8 Rue de Nesle, 75006 Paris, Métro: Odeon
Alesian Literary Salon By Toby Brothers
November Salons finalized!
Sign up now for the November Literary Salon, designed to guide participants through a classic text in 6-8 weekly sessions. Toby Brothers, Salon Director, provides loads of background information, historical and social context, essays of literary criticism and definitions of literary terms. The discussions are energized with questions and propositions that allow all, from the most fervent academic to the analysis neophyte, to participate. 2004 Fall Salons: Hamlet, Midnights’ Children, Beloved and Invisible Man.
Monday Evenings 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Beloved Starting Nov. 8th
January Salons Now Forming!
Now is the time to put in your requests for January Salons. I want as much lead time as possible to collect resources and create schedules. Are there texts you have always wanted to read but just couldn’t dig into on your own? Was there a work you read in your earlier days that you would like to re-discover? Send me suggestions…I will put together selections and potential time slots in the coming weeks.
Works or writers for consideration:
These are just some of my ideas…I would love to hear yours!
Picks: Photography Exhibitions
Le photographe photographié, l’autoportrait en France 1850-1914
Vu d’Italie, 1841-1941, un siècle de photographie italienne dans les collections du Musée Alinari
New York et l’art moderne
uesday, October 19th 2004 to Sunday, January 16th 2005
‘Documentary and anti-graphic photographs’, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson et Walker Evans
L’oeil et la plume
James Kigin’s photo opening
Thursday, December 9th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the 3eme Salon International du Très Petit Format
Attend the opening night of a vernissage for a collective exhibit of artists in which James Kigin has been invited to participate with several of his recent photographs: a few from his web site (www.jameskigin.com) and a series from this August’s 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Paris.
Don’t miss Pop Group Mary Modified this Friday at Salle Langevin, where the group will complete in a “tremplin” with three in Choisy le Roi.
Mary Modified is a 5-member electro-pop group with American
Also in concert December 20th, 8:30 p.m.
Festival d’Art Sacré de la Ville de Paris through December 16th
15 concerts in 10 of the city’s most stunning churches (and other venues) including Notre Dame and Église St. Germain-des-Prés.
For more information and a schedule of events visit: http://festivaldartsacre.new.fr, phone 01.44.70.64.10
The European Choir of Paris and its instrumental ensemble present…
Requiem de Mozart Thursday, December 16th and Saturday December 18th at Eglise Saint-Séverin.
Parler Paris Après-Midi
Next Meeting: December 14th, 2004 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 Soirée Dinners Every Sunday
Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. She hosts a 21st Century Paris Salon where you meet interesting people in Paris and have a lot of fun. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. For reservations or to be on the mailing list: call 01 43 26 12 88 or write [email protected]
GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Patricia’s Tel: 01 43 26 12 88
Paris Network Cocktails Every Wednesday
Hosted by Patricia Laplante-Collins…
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY
Patricia’s Tel: 01.43.26.12.88
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
The Most Important Thing You Can Do Before the Year is Over
Learn the best ways to watch your money and real estate investment grow before your very eyes…all while gazing at the world’s most famous monument over a frothy café crème.
Now’s your opportunity to take a holiday vacation in the most romantic and beautiful city in the world and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money double (and even triple — like mine has since I bought my Marais apartment just four short years ago).
December 29th, the first 100 individuals to register will learn from some of the finest experts in French real estate…how to make the most of the rest of their lives while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.
Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
245 Euros 3-hour private session
For more information, [email protected]
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris
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
Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
12/7: Reception and Book Signing with Wine Importer Kermit Lynch
My Father’s Journey
Thick Description is pleased to announce My Father’s Journey, a one-woman show conceived and performed by Sylvie Braitman, with accompaniment by Jim Rebhan, accordion, and Annette Brodovski, violin. My Father’s Journey will be performed Thursday, December 2 and Saturday, December 4 at 8pm, and Sunday, December 5 at 5pm. All performances will be at the Thick House, 1695 18th Street on Potrero Hill in San Francisco. Tickets are $18.00; for reservations, please call 415-401-8081. My Father’s Journey is a song-telling concert about survival, destiny, and our century. The one-woman show is based on the oral history of Ms. Braitman ‘s father, his twisting adventure through Eastern Europe during the rise of Nazism and World War II, and his complex relationship with his children. The
*** FREE Movie Tickets ***
12/17- A Very Long Engagement Where: Landmark Theatres check http://www.landmarktheatres.com or local newspaper for time and theater. The first 20 new or existing members to email [email protected] will win a pair of tickets.
France seems to be one of those places where Mercury is always retrograde. This country’s strange relationship to technology may be at the root of that. It seems the French don’t really trust progress all that much; they insist on a measure of tradition in all aspects of living. What I’ve noticed is that any technology you need is available, but you have to go looking for it. It doesn’t just show up at your door. And in an odd way people are still fascinated by what was old news in the United States three years ago. There is practically a line outside my door to experiment with my BlueTooth wireless mouse.
Anyway — Mercury is in fact retrograde as of early Tuesday. This is a condition that comes along three times a year for about a month. The astronomical aspect involves Mercury overtaking Earth in its orbit around the Sun, since Mercury makes three orbits of the Sun for every one that the Earth makes (hence, it happens three times a year). It seems that the traditional wisdom about Mercury retrograde really does hold: don’t make major purchases or sign important agreements, if at all possible, till this condition passes.
‘s not always possible to avoid these things, of course, in which case it’s necessary to have escape clauses and allow for renegotiation once the retrograde is over. It’s wise to expect revisions, probably delays and a bit of confusion, which teaches us to respect our communication processes. This is the time to practice making clear agreements and having contingency plans.
The physical objects of communication need to be treated with extra respect during this phase as well; computers should not be taken for granted, files need to be backed up carefully, SAVE your work when you’re beginning a project, and take extra care with hardware and software.
Remember that Mercury is the trickster, and he’s always got a good joke up his sleeve.
Happy Birthday Sagittarius!
Stand your ground. You may not be able to see the strength of your position, but I assure you that others do. If you refuse to let the doubts and misgivings of anyone else cloud your judgment, you will soon discover that you were on the right path all along. While it’s true that you cannot always see the big picture for which Sagittarians are so famous, you can see enough of it to have a sense of where you really stand. The only time problems arise is when you doubt your own strength, or when you confuse fear of the worst thing happening with your more natural expectation that the best thing really is possible. You have done well so far, in part because you’re always able to take any situation and, at the very worst, turn it to good experience. Usually you do a lot better.
Eric Francis, a Paris-based American astrologer, is the author of Planet Waves, a premium online information service available at http://PlanetWaves.net/ He also does private consultations (solar returns, compatibility charts, locational astrology, business consulting, gift readings and more) on the phone and in person in Paris. Call +206 463-7827 or 877 463-8265 for more information.
LET YOUR SENATORS KNOW HOW DEMOCRATS ABROAD FEEL ABOUT THE NOMINATION OF ALBERTO GONZALES!
JOIN US IN THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO BECOME A MORE EFFECTIVE PARTY!
We Have Only Begun to Fight
OPPOSE THE NOMINATION OF ALBERTO GONZALES AS ATTORNEY GENERAL
Contact your Senators and let them know that, as an American citizen who lives overseas you are particularly concerned about the appointment as Attorney General of a man with the following positions:
*The Geneva Convention: he calls it “quaint”
These positions not only pose major threats to civil rights inside the USA. They are also a brutal affront to what Thomas Jefferson called “the decent respect of all mankind,” blackening America’s image throughout the civilized world, further weakening the soft power needed to defeat terrorism and spread democracy throughout the global community.
STEP 1: Start by learning more. See, for example, the following:
“Loyal to a Fault? The Senate should hold Alberto Gonzales accountable for his bad legal advice” by Philip Carter http://slate.msn.com/id/2109495
STEP 2: Compose your own message. Personal is more powerful.
ACT NOW! GET IN THE HABIT! WE HAVE WORK TO DO!
December 6th, 2004
POST-ELECTION BLUES….AND REDS
ome. Many of you, including four Young Democrats who worked the campaign directly in Maine and Florida, will be exchanging feed back at our Town Meeting on Sunday, December 5 at John Morris’s.
Michael Mosher, Chair of the Department of Political Sciences and Professor at the University of Oklahoma, will give us the view from the heartland and talk about voters we can win back
Les Noces de Jeannette
In order to comply with the McCain Feingold act, you are invited to pay for the dinner directly to the restaurant.
POST-ELECTION TOWN MEETING:DEMS FIGHT BACK
Sunday, December 5, at 4:30 PM.
We will review the recent past and look at the future, and we welcome your participation and your ideas.
1. A brief assessment of who voted for whom and why by Denis Lacorne, professor at Sciences Po and Chair of the American Studies foundation.
2. 2004 campaign feedback: your experiences and your own assessment of the campaign. Also, from the field, 4 members of Dems Abroad France who went to the US to register voters tell what they saw and heard.
3. Voter registration and ballot issues from Louise Meyers and Tony Paschall.
4. Future directions for DAF as well as an account of the DPCA (Democratic Party Committee Abroad) meeting held in Amsterdam, November 6-8.
To be held at the home of:
American Women’s Group: Upcoming Events
12/2 Girard Chocolate Tour
Upcoming Special Event!
Fête de Nöel
For more information, contact:
Christmas/New Year in Paris: Activities, Events & Displays
LES SAPINS DE NOEL DES CREATEURS
PARIS SUR GLACE
PARIS SUR GLACE
RÊVE DE NEIGE MILKA
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS – FACADE OF GALERIES LAFAYETTE
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: RUE ROYALE, RUE SAINT HONORE
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: AVENUE MONTAIGNE
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: PLACE VENDOME AND RUE DE LA PAIX
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS: ABBESSES AND RUE LEPIC
VITRINES DE NOEL AU PRINTEMPS
CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAYS AT THE SAMARITAINE
CHRISTMAS WINDOW DISPLAYS AT GALERIES LAFAYETTE
es : from 09/11/2004 to 31/12/2004 -
VITRINES DE NOEL AU BON MARCHE
LA CRECHE DE NOEL A NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS
Christmas/New Year – Salon/Fair/Christmas market
CHRISTMAS ARCH AT LA DEFENSE
CHRISTMAS MARKET IN COUR DE ROME – OPPOSITE GARE SAINT-LAZARE
CHRISTMAS IN ALSACE AT THE GARE DE L’EST
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT DISNEY VILLAGE
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE BENEATH THE ARCADES OF MAINE-MONTPARNASSE SHOPPING CENTRE
MARCHE DE NOEL A LA NATION
UNAPEI CHRISTMAS MARKET
MARCHE DE NOEL
MARCHE DE NOEL DE MENILMONTANT
LE MONDE DES ENFANTS
* Last Minute Christmas Shopping in Paris with parismarais
Three wonderful studios in the Marais left for rent from December 8 – 16, 2004 at 30% off starting at only 500 euros per week.
Right now at ParisMarais.com –
* Vacation Apartment: Leeds Marais Guest Room or Entire Two-Bedroom Apartment
Available February 4 – 16 in its entirety.
Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square meter apartment two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is in or for up to 4 people when she’s traveling.
Pictures and more details available here: /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html
* Vacation Apartment
For rent by the week or longer
Two lovely 2 or 3-bedroom apartments — 1st arrondissement, same building. Just minutes away: the Louvre, Tuilleries, Place Vendome and more. French style gives you a true taste of Paris. Fully equipped makes your Paris stay effortless, comfortable and memorable.
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The next gathering is November 9, 2004
The City Of Light Glows With Holiday Cheer
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