Tous Pour Les Toutous


Harriet (Hat) Sternstein (left) and “Les Toutous” with Owners at Parler Paris Après Midi

Tous Pour Les Toutous

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

Calendar #47

Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

At the very first Working and Living in France Conference in October of 2002, a young woman attendee raised her hand while legal advisor Jean Taquet was explaining how one goes about having the right to live and work in France. She had lots of questions because, as she so boldly told us all, she had the dream to live in France and a business idea she wanted to pursue to make it happen. It was an idea that made everyone chuckle…”Mon Bon Chien” — the first gourmet pet bakery in all of France!

She arrived about one year ago with her Golden Retriever “Sophie-Marie,” set out to accomplish her goal. With assistance from Jean Taquet to organize the legal aspects, the saga began. Quickly she befriended Marie-Elisabeth Crochard, co-coordinator of the Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group who opened her country home for weekend-long “séjours linguistiques” where she improved her command of French. That was a lucky stroke for Harriet (Hat) Sternstein, because Marie-Elisabeth became the kind of French friend every American with a mission needs by his or her side.

For the past year, we have followed Hat in her quest to open Mon Bon Chien…discovering that creating a new business, as innovative as this one, can become a monumental task in France — far different from what would be massively simple to accomplish in the United States. Every time I saw Hat at Parler Paris Après Midi (or just by chance on the street in front of the BHV), she would jokingly say, “It’s all your fault. You said at the conference this could be done!”

Proof has it that it CAN be done, against all odds. In Jean Taquet’s March Q and A column, he glowingly reports on Hat’s trials and tribulations, one stumbling block after another, each one seemingly insurmountable. At the beginning the process appears simple and clear. He told Hat, “You obtain a visa to come to France, create an American corporation in France, change your immigration status in order to manage the French branch of the corporation, get the license from the French sanitary authority to open and finally, secure the shop.”

Jean writes, “All of this is more easily said than done. I cannot find the words to describe the hardships this woman went through to make this business a success. We could describe a normal day as nothing but ‘blood, sweat and tears,’ and during most of the fall and winter of 2004, I was regularly blamed for making her believe that this project was even feasible in the first place.”

Now a year later, against all odds, Mon Bon Chien is about to open (projected for April 2005) at 12, rue Mademoiselle, 15th (01 48 28 40 12) as an upscale pet boutique providing “tous pour les toutous” — upscale “toilettage” for all sized dogs, complete accessories, clothing, toys and as the exclusive distributor for “Solid Gold All Natural Dog Food.” “All dogs and people welcome!” Hat exclaims.

Hat’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs starting off on their own in France: “When you want to move to France as an American, you have to be willing to jump off the diving board with both feet, head first. The importance of having a “French Connection” cannot be stressed enough. Without Jean, Marie-Elisabeth and many other advisors and friends, it could never have been possible.” And on a final note, “Sophie-Marie has made the transition well from bagels to baguettes.”

Sounds to me like Hat has, too.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
[email protected]

P.S. Read Jean Taquet’s March Q and A in its entirety at /parlerparis/practicalanswers.html. Plan on celebrating the 7th Anniversary of Parler Parlor March 19th — visit for more information. Come to the next “Après Midi” Tuesday, March 8th. Visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for all details. And to be notified when Mon Bon Chien officially opens its doors, email Hat Sternstein at [email protected]

P.P.S. Don’t miss this one…Psychotherapist Dale Novick Gaber is going to be discussing AMERICAN AND FRENCH CULTURAL SEXUAL DIFFERENCES Sunday March 6th at Paris Soirées Dinner. Scroll down for all details.

Parler Paris Seeking Intern to Become Assistant

This is someone’s lucky opportunity to get to know Paris and its Anglophone community from the inside out.

Parler Paris and French Property Insider is seeking a bright, young, hard-working very computer-literate American with basic working knowledge of Paris to intern as professional assistant to Adrian Leeds to start immediately and to become a permanent paid position in the very near future.

Skills required: Computer proficiency in Word; Outlook, Eudora or Other Email Program; Excel; PowerPoint; Internet search skills a must. Web design skills a big plus. Must have good command of English and the ability to write clearly, concisely and correctl

y. Must have good marketing and public relations skills, be personable, friendly, patient. Must be organized, manage details, have tidy work habits. Must have good working knowledge of Paris. Must be willing to make a long-term commitment.

Duties include: Email customer and reader correspondence, manage customer service issues, marketing and advertising coordination, light general office duties (filing, copying, posting, etc.), phone reception, etc.

Location: Can work from remote location via email and Internet any hours of the day, but must be located in Paris.

Serious candidates only, please send letter and/or resume to Adrian Leeds, [email protected]

Further resources:

* Want to understand how to make your dream to live in France come true? Spend two hours to learn everything you need to know! /parlerparis/services/consultationservices.html

* Though France might seem as familiar as any other Western country, the truth is, from paying taxes to having a baby — things are done differently in France. Read the stories how other people maneuvered the system.

* We’re meeting in Paris this May for three power-packed days to learn how to make your dream come true! Learn more about our Living in France Conferences:

Calendar #47
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Paris, France

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] We reserve the right to edit as necessary.

Thank you, Adrian

Strictly Entertainment:
Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

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

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

Dubbed the “King of Ragtime” by his music publisher, Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was a formally educated musician whose popular piano rags inspired him to go on to composition on a larger, far more developed scale and conception. His second opera, Treemonisha, an example of his most serious work, was published in 1911 at his own expense.

The story of a young woman who defies the facts of her social and racial background and works her way up the social ladder, trading on education and non-violence, 40 years before Mahatma Gandhi and 60 years before Martin Luther King. Needless to say that Scott Joplin’s chances of raising money to produce his masterpiece were anywhere from modest to remote.

The New York Times praised Treemonisha as gently imbued with ragtime, aspiring “to genuine operatic richness.”


The International Players present:

THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE April 14th, 15th,and 16th at 8:30 p.m.
& 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: 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)


ONE WORLD ACTORS PRODUCTIONS-2004 English Theatre presents:
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM by William Shakespeare in English
directed by Kim-Michelle BRODERICK
Mondays at 8 p.m.
Studio-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 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 and 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]


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

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

Plays in English:
March 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:
or send an email to Stephanie [email protected]

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 Vil

lette, Paris 19th
Tickets in advance 22 Euros (go to Web site to book)


Bennye Matthews Sings: Mon Pays et Paris
La Nuit Americaine
Music of Salvador Po, Billie Holiday, A. Hammer and John Simms
March 14, 8 p.m.

Théatre de la Bastille
5, rue Nicholas Appert, 11th
01 48 07 52 07
20 Euros

Literary Events

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: École Militaire , Alma-Marceau, RER C Pont d’Alma
Bus: 42,63,69,80,82 and 92

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


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 Web site 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…

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

PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

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 March 9, 6:30 p.m.

Ellen Kountz
Caisse de Dépots et Consignations.

Ellen will share experiences in building an international
career in banking. She will also give us an American perspective on the French banking system, and everything you wanted to know about French Savings Plans (PEA, PEL, PEE…) but were afraid to ask!!

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 March 6, 6:30 p.m.
Featuring Psychotherapist Dale Novick Gaber

Dale Novick Gaber’s training and expertise in the field of psychology covers a diverse and profound array of experience. In addition to teaching psychology at three colleges, she has worked with penalized criminals (forensics), the physically and mentally disabled, couples relationships, situational problems and people in transitions. She has additional expertise in administering and evaluating the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the most widely used measure of personality in the world. Publication of her doctoral dissertation is pending, “Computer Addiction as a Function of Temperament.” She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and has moved to Paris where she will be able to see private clients for counseling.

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.
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

Please join us for the opening of our one week exhibition of new I V Y artists this Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m.


Matt Anzak is based in Texas. His art works emphasize process and plasticity to represent the spectrum of energy frequencies that composes our understanding of the universe. Art becomes meditation and a path to higher awareness and personal understanding….

Aleksander Balos is a figurative painter based in Chicago showing realistic art, portraiture an figurative commissions. From 31 March -15 April Aleksanderâ’s work will be on show at Crédit Municipal Espace Griffon in the Marais.

Tom Byrne is an Irish artist living in Paris. His work stretches over the last 20 years. It consists of paintings, drawings, sculptures and writings. Having just arrived in Paris this is his first group exhibition.

Didier Lesne-Pigeaud is based in Montrouge. He is showing a series of small scale etchings.

Charlie Mercier is an American painter based in Paris. His work is an exploration of form and colour.

Michael Radin is based in California. His photographic images capture the calm and quiet of Le Cimetière du Père Lachaise. Michael studied with the photographer Robert Frank and two of his photographs were published in Roberta’s book “Thank You”.

Matthew Rose is an American surrealist living Paris. His series, A Perfect Friend, recently exhibited at Art Vitam (Miami), combine vintage and popular images of the 1920s and 1930s, and children’s science drawings from the 1950s, to produce contemporary tales that are bot

Adam Steiner is an American artist who has been living in Paris for 20 years. He is a metal sculptor working in iron and his subject matter usually deals with the biological sciences on a microscopic level.

25 rue Keller 75011 PARIS
Métro Bastille/Ledru Rollin

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

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


“The Art of the Southwest United States and its Roots”
Professor Brandt Kingsley
Wednesday, March 9, 2005, 8 p.m.

The art of Latin America, Mexico, and of the American Southwest was profoundly affected by the culture from which its European settlers came, as well as by the native traditions that existed at the time of the Conquest. The evolution of this art, its color, flamboyance, richness, and imagery will be the center of Dr. Kingsley’s discussion.

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. t

o 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! for details

Knowledge is Power:
Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

April 17 – 22, 2005

Anyone who’s been to Paris before knows about the inspiration and stimulation of the senses the city affords; and this is a chance to see and experience, to absorb and be absorbed by, a side of Paris not readily accessible to the average tourist — an opportunity to spend five days in Paris as a poet among poets.

Begin with a welcoming reception at the private home of Adrian Leeds in the Marais, on Sunday evening, April 17th. The workshop will commence the following morning in another private apartment in Le Marais — Cecilia will lead the workshop through a series of writing exercises designed to generate new work specifically related to the sights and sounds of Paris and each poet’s experience here. The group will provide feedback on the new work, and we’ll also conduct close-critique of the works-in-progress participants will bring along with them for that purpose. In the afternoons, you’ll take a break so that everyone can relish the typical French lunch “hour” and have time to write and explore.

In the late afternoon, you’ll gather again in a local cafe for refreshments and a series of talks and discussions about poetry and the creative process led by poet/novelist/photographer, James Baker Hall and by a number of Europe-based poets and writers, including poet/memoirist Jeffrey Greene, poet and Paris Editor of TIN HOUSE Heather Hartley, poet and translator Sarah Luczaj, poet/novelist Kathleen Spivack, and others who’ll share their work and their personal and creative relationships to Paris.

In the evenings, there will be readings featuring Paris Poetry Workshop faculty, poets from the Paris poetry community, and — on our final evening together — the poets of the Paris Poetry Workshop (i.e. You!)

Strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants
$725/person including all workshop fees, afternoon and evening activities, and the welcoming reception.
A $200 deposit will hold your place in the workshop, and full payment will be due by March 25th.

To reserve or for more information, contact:
Cecilia Woloch
[email protected]


Portrait Live Model Drawing Course

Taught in English Paris-Trained Australian Artist
Weekend Intensive Course
Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th
Structured modules covering anatomy, technique, perspective, design, light, etc.
Classes held in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in Paris
Course fee covers live models and drawing materials
Beginners welcome!
Reservations and Information


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.


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 expert 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 Walker.

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.


Seminar Series on Children and Mental Health at the American Library in Paris.
Sponsored by the Woodward Foundation
Wednesday, March 16, 2005, 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Alain Braconnier
Psychological problems of puberty

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

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

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


For further information, contact

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


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.

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Astro-Paris by Eric Francis

Astro Paris by Eric Francis

Paris is a Pisces town. I have no idea what day that the first of the original Celts put down their bags on Ile de la Cite, but what I mean is that Paris has a soft feel. I’s a city of dreams. It’s romantic. And it’s a bit more relaxed than it is aggressive. And the place is very photogenic: a city of many moving images. (I am currently doing a photo series on the cover of .)

The energy of the sky is now plunged almost entirely into the watery world of Pisces, and we’re headed for the New Moon I that sign in one week. As of today, Venus, Uranus, Juno, the Sun and Mercury are in Pisces, putting a soft vibe onto the emotional world and coming with the sense that a cycle is drawing to a close — Pisces is the official end of the astrological year, and Aries (starting at the equinox on March 20) is the beginning.

We’ll really be feeling that in a week, at the New Moon; for now there is still quite a bit of momentum to ride on.

Happy Birthday, Pisces!

We live on the swiftly tilting planet, and you are not living your life at any ordinary time in history. In strange times, brilliant potential exists. It’s a good thing that you are so creative, because creativity is exactly what it takes both to survive and thrive. The line between the two is a lot thinner than most people are aware of, or let on. It is just a state of mind, an approach to the question and the puzzle of existence. It’s true that you must work within certain limits, but you seem to be saved every time you reach one by a major development or turning point — and this is exactly where you find yourself today. Make the most of it.

For the annual 2005 horoscope from Eric Francis, please visit this link:

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 43-29-08-34. You can visit his web page at where you can subscribe to the long-awaited 2005 annual horoscope.

Community Announcements


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

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

A few of the MARCH opportunities:

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 purvey

ors 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!

A few of the APRIL opportunities:

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

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


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

What’s On in the City of Light

RATP Olympic Tickets

The RATP is selling single metro/bus/tram tickets stamped with the Paris 2012 Olympic Candidate logo to help promote the city’s chance of hosting the big event in 2012.

Available through March 31.
They’re still just 1.40 Euro, much more expensive than buying a carnet of ten for 10.50 Euro, but consider it a souvenir.

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Leeds Marais Guest Room

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 a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds.

Pictures and more details available At /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html

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Think of coming to Paris before it high season — check — 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!


The best and easiest way to find an apartment in Paris…

So, you want to rent your own “pied-à-terre” for a week, a month or a year? It’s easy — there are thousands of apartments in Paris to call home, but it’s not so fast and easy to surf through all the thousands to fine the one perfect for you.

For just $39, we’ll do all the legwork and you’ll just move in and unpack. Let us do a customized search for you with our favorite short-term vacation rental agents!

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


For all short term rental apartments in Paris, take a look at /parlerparis/apartments or /frenchproperty/insider/longterm.html for long term apartments.


* Property E-Zine: French Property Insider

Learn how to buy property in France. French Property Insider is an email newsletter from the editors of Parler Paris. If you’d like to learn about the insights, recommendations, and discoveries about buying and investing in real estate in Paris and France that French Property Insider readers get every week, read more about a subscription here:
/frenchproperty/insider/subscribetofpi.html or call 1-310-427-7589 Paris time.


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