Turning Old Paris Into New Paris

Paris Fireman Entering Typical Haussmannian Building, Photo by Eric Tolbert

Turning Old Paris Into New Paris

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

Calendar #78

Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

“Between the Revolution of 1789 and Haussmann’s renovation in the 1860′s, ideals changed from those of a politically motivated city to those of an economically and socially centered city. Modern technology such as railroads and gas lamps were conveniences which the rising bourgeoisie could enjoy in their leisurely lifestyle. New spaces that were created during the renovation encouraged the bourgeoisie to flaunt their new wealth, creating a booming economy. All of these examples of the changes occurring in Paris during this time period can be seen in representations of the city.” (http://www.Wikipedia.com)

Baron Haussmann has been depicted as both the man who destroyed Old Paris and the man who created New Paris. Leonard Pitt, author of “Paris Disparu,” is passionate in his belief that Haussmann was more destructive than productive.

(Pitt will be expounding on this subject with a slide presentation on October 22nd in San Francisco at the Living and Investing in France Conference. Seats at the three course dinner and to hear him speak are still available to non-conference attendees. Visit /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SF_2005/LIF_SF_dinner.html for more information and to book your table.)

Haussmann was hired by Napoleon III to “modernize” Paris and mold it into a safer city with safer streets, proper sanitary facilities, stronger economic outlets, improved traffic patterns, better housing and better housing and streets too broad for rebels to build barricades across them, where coherent battalions and artillery could circulate easily (if need be). He razed 20,000 buildings, tore up old twisted streets and replaced them with wide, tree-lined boulevards, expansive gardens and the “Haussmannian” style buildings that makes up most of Paris of today.

Tomes have been written on this subject and the argument can easily flow in either direction, but regardless, Haussmann is responsible for most of what we know as Paris today, particularly the “pierre de taille” apartment buildings that line the boulevards.

“Haussmannian” buildings have a very particular style, as evidenced in Eric Tolbert’s photo of a Paris fireman climbing into a balconied window. Notice the symmetrical lines, the cut stone, the intricate wrought-iron balconies. From this vantage point, you can see the “chambres de bonne” servants’ quarters under the eaves.

Haussmannian buildings follow a particular plan — are as consistent within their structures as the French are with their methodology. There is logic and order, symmetry and harmony, but not without style. They are elegant and stately, massive and unwavering.

Normally five to seven levels, many families of different types can easily live under the same roof in very different spaces. The ground level serves commercial purposes and often houses the “gardien” or “concièrge” who looks after the building, delivers the mail to its inhabitants, takes the big green “poubelles” to the street and back again. The first few floors are enhanced by balconies, the second of which may have a full length of balcony and is considered the “étage noble” — for the richest of families (enough distance from the street noise and pollution but without too many stairs to climb) and with the highest ceilings. The final floor under the roof houses the tiny servants’ quarters that lead to a back stairwell servicing the apartments via their kitchens. The rooms in a Haussmannian apartment are punctuated by carved molding, fireplaces, oak floors and sometimes, stained glass windows to lifeless “courettes.”

The living spaces, however, largely no longer fit today’s lifestyle. We find that more often than not, a new owner will renovate to open the spaces, once sectioned into many small rooms, all connected to a centra

l foyer or hall, but with poor flow among them. The kitchens were traditionally down a long hall, large and spacious for the servants, but inconvenient for today’s families that are carting their own plates to the table. The halls eat up valuable space and often serve no purpose. Bathrooms are fewer than one might expect in large apartments of more than two bedrooms and closet space is non-existent.

This doesn’t mean that a Haussmannian apartment can’t be your dream pied-à-terre in Paris! I’ve seen many a beautiful 19th-century edifice transformed successfully into a contemporary space that serves a 21st-century purpose.

For those of you interested in staying up on the Paris real estate market, just last week, the Chambre de Notaires de Paris announced their quarterly evaluation of the property market in Paris and the Ile-de-France for second quarter 2004 through second quarter 2005. The market still holds strong and unwavering with transactions up by .8% for the same period of the previous year. Prices rise at the average of 12.5% annually and the most expensive districts continue to be the 6th and 7th (both filled with beautiful Haussmannian architecture) at the reported price per square meter of about 7,000 euros.

Yolanda Robins, French Property Insider’s Property Manager will tell you that if you find an apartment in either district at this price, then there’s either something terribly wrong with it or you should be plunking your cash down as fast as you can because the valuations published by the Chambre de Notaires are approximately 30% to 50% less than current market valuations (for a variety of very valid reasons).

(For more information about property prices, contact French Property Insider, at [email protected] or visit the site at http://www.paris.notaires.fr/ and to download their full report, click here)

Next, when you come to my part of Paris, Le Marais, you’ll find a very different architectural style — pre-Haussmann by about 200 years!

A la prochaine…








Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. In just a few days, lucky subscribers will be getting this month’s issue of Parismarais, The Art of Living Guide to Le Marais! If you’re not already subscribed, you may do so by visiting http://www.parismarais.com/parismarais-newsletter.htm

P.P.S. We had a sudden change of plans at yesterday’s Parler Paris Après Midi when La Pierre du Marais was suddenly closed for renovation. Thanks to Le Bistro at the corner of rue de Turenne and rue Froissart for taking us in on “le dernier moment” and serving us well! Being new to our gathering, a few attendees left without leaving payment for their drinks…and guess who got stuck with the bill?! Read the full report at /parlerparis/apresmidi.html


Expatica.com “Welcome to France” Fair
October 16, 2005
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The team from French Property Insider and John Howell & Co. will be at booth #1 — come by and say hello.


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Calendar #78
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

The Improfessionals
Impro à la carte
Wednesday October 12, 8:30 p.m.
It’s getting colder out there. Come to our next show and warm up inside. Pick games and themes for the scenes from our special Improvisation Menu!

Les 7 Lézards
10 rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
Métro: St Paul

Ticket price: 10 euros / 8 euros (Reduced rate)
Spectacle en anglais


Stand-up Comedy
Simon Evans
October 18, 8:30 p.m.

La Java
105, rue Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris

More Stand-up Comedy:
November 8 and 9 – Jeremy Hardy
November 21 and 22 – Jeremy Hardy
December 13 – Stewart Lee

To buy reduced rate tickets for these shows, visit http://www.anythingmatters.com


MOVING PARTS presents:

Play Readings in English
Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
Sundays, 7:30 p.m.
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Métro: Tuileries

October 23 – N.C.Heikin “Hitler’s Favorite Play”
November 6 – Lance Tait “Patricia Yang” (2nd reading)
November 20 – Lance Tait (title tba)
November 27 – Yelena Moscovich “The Planting Land”
December 4 – Chantal Rosas Cobian “Venus on Vacation”
December 18 – Timothy Jay Smith “Johnny Casanova”
January 15, 2006 – Chantal Rosas Cobian “Venus on Vacation”

Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play. January 2006 onwards available dates. Program subject to change. Latest version always available at http://www.scamparis.com or send an e-mail to Stephanie on [email protected] to receive the monthly mailings. For further information contact Stephanie Campion at

Cirque Plume
Plic Ploc
September 21 to November 27

For over twenty years now, the Cirque Plume has enchanted audiences with its lively and colorful performances, full of music and poetry.

This well-known circus troupe is on tour in France and throughout Europe to present its latest creation, “Plic Ploc,” arriving in Paris this autumn at the Espace Chapiteaux of the Parc de la Villette. Make sure you catch this new show on the theme of drops of water and the musical sound they make. The actors, equipped with wellingtons, mops and umbrellas, go on a musical tour through a world populated by taps and hosepipes. From fountains and geysers to showers, we are promised a veritable ballet of acrobatics, contortions and somersaults.

Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 PARIS
Métro: Porte de Pantin



Theatrical Readings
Wednesday, October 5 to Friday October 14
8:30 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.

English virtuoso director DEBORAH WARNER returns to Chaillot with an intimate evening of staged readings interpreted by the phenomenal Fiona Shaw

Théatre Nationale de Chaillot
1 pl du Trocadéro, Paris 16th
Métro: Trocadéro
Tel: 01.53.65,30.00
Entry: 10 Euros to 26 Euros


Dance: The Match
Wednesday, October 26 to Friday, October 28, 8:30 p.m.

Legendary American choreographer and director Deborah Hay’s intense dance-theatre
composition “The Match” takes place entirely within a space of silence.

Centre Pompidou, rue Beaubourg, 75014 Paris

Métro: Rambuteau
Entry: 9.50 euros to 14 euros

Art and Culture

Rue Des Artists
Exposition d’Art Urbain
Vernissage Friday, October 14, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

10 “URBAN ARTISTS” including Jérôme Mesnager, Speedy Graphito, Jef Aerosol, Mosko et Associés, Noart, Guillaume Piechaud, Artiste-Ouvrier, 6lex and Isbach and of course, our friend “Amour.”

Galerie Anne Vignial is now “the only place in Paris where you can find Urban Artists permanently.”

Galerie Anne Vignial
53 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
[email protected]
Tuesday to Friday 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Exhibition: Corina Bezzola “Räume/Espaces/Spaces”
Friday, October 14, 6 p.m. to midnight

Café au lit cordially invites you to the opening reception of its second exhibition. Swiss artist Corina Bezzola’s work is performance-based: armed with adhesive tape, Bezzola explores private homes and artists’ studios, isolating individual and normally overlooked characteristics of the space. Her photographs are both a documentation of her explorations and a reconstruction of the physical spaces she explores. For further information visit http://cafeaulit.com

Café au Lit
16, rue de la Liberté, 2nd Floor 75019 Paris
Métro: Place des fêtes
[email protected]


Exhibition: Christian Boltanski
Until October 22

Christian Boltanski’s work is like a visual counterpart to W.G. Sebald novels, loaded with fractured history, penumbral foreboding and a haunting poetry.

Marian Goodman Gallery
79 rue du Temple, 75003
Métro: Rambuteau


Un Amour de Paris
September 21 to December 11
Musée Carnavalet

This exhibit celebrates the work of British photographer Dorothy Bohm who dedicated her lifes work to her love of the City of Lights. The exhibit showcases over 60 years of work through more than 150 photographs and offers a wonderful look into Parisian life. In both black and white and color images we are able to see a collection that the artist herself describes as an act of love. A true love story that many visitors can surely relate to.

Musée Carnavalet – Musée de l’Histoire de Paris
23, rue Sévigné, 75003, Paris


“Première a Paris”
Photography by Jan Hanson
Until November 10

San Francisco photographer Jan Hanson invites those of you who will be in Paris this fall to visit her photo exhibit at ArtSpace at WICE.

The exhibit features Jan’s display of stunning photos of Paris by night and mouthwatering close-ups of food by day, as well as a few surprise images added for good measure.

20, boulevard du Montparnasse, 75015, Paris
Métros: Duroc and Falguière

For more information, contact Jan Hanson at [email protected]



The premier space in France dedicated to the ancient and contemporary art of Africa and the Caribbean.

Brazil: African Heritage
September 22, 2005 to March 26, 2006

Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. closed Tuesdays
Entrance: 6 euros

Brazil and the Black Americas: A Comparative Approach
Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Entrance: Free
For reservations call

35 rue Paul Valéry, 75016 Paris


Cirque Africain
Circa Zamba

When the circus makes history!

Sundays October 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 3 p.m.
La Compagnie Chapiteau d’Afrique
Admission: Children under 12 – 8 Euros, Adults – 10 Euros

Musical Interludes

ExpatsParis presents

Crescent City Jam
New Orleans Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert
Saturday, October 22, 8:00 p.m.

Featuring: Eloï The Eric Brown Band
Rene Miller’s Wedding Band
Aldridge Hansberry Ensemble
Fidgety Feet
The Heavy Blues Band
And Helen Carter

Intercontinental Paris
3 rue de Castiglione, 75001 Paris

Minimum donation: 25 Euros
Includes food and a drink
Proceeds go to the American Red Cross

For more information visit http://www.CrescentCityJam.com


Katrina Relief Concert
Sunday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m.

An evening of Gospel, Jazz and other music from the heart of the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The Katrina Fund France, American Non-profit Organizations of Paris
presents a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

We have chosen to donate all proceeds to two agencies that are helping the affected areas on a grassroots level:
Foundations for Recovery
and Oxfam America
The American Cathedral
23 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris

Should demand be large enough, a second concert will take place at 8:00 p.m. that same evening.

For information on the above agencies, performers, ticket locations and more please visit http://www.katrinafundfrance.com


Paris Open Mikes!

Come out and participate in an evening of music.

Every Monday, 9 p.m.
The Beaver
19, rue des Deux Ponts, Ile St-Louis, 75004
Métro: Pont Marie

Every Thursday, 9 p.m.
Bar Three
3, rue de l’Ancienne Comedie, 75006
Métro: Odéon


CD Launch – Chris Kenna & Sal Bernardi Thursday, October 13, 9:30 p.m.

This concert is billed as “The encounter of two strong personalities” which is no exaggeration. Chris is an Australian singer and guitarist. Sal is an American multi-instrumentator (harp, guitar, piano).
La Pomme d’Eve 1, rue Laplace, 75005 Paris
Entrance: 10 Euros, includes a free CD recorded at the Sound Gallery


Deva Premal and Miten’s Premier Concert in Paris
October 13, 2005

What do the Dalaï Lama, Cher, Eckhardt Tolle and Anthony Robbins have in common with a rapidly growing number of baby-boomers? They are all fans of Deva Premal and Miten! Their CD “The Essence” has been a best seller in Europe for the past 5 years; it created a sensation in the U.S. and Canada last year. Orders for their latest CD “Dakshina” topped the charts at http://www.amazon.com even before it went on sale in April of this year.

Théâtre Adyar
4 square du Rapp, 75007 Paris

Editions le Souffle d’Or (Tel., FNAC, Ticketnet
Tickets: 25 Euros

Sponsored by Etnotek, a non-profit organization
For more information, call Etnotek at or e-mail Mailto:[email protected]



A place for the New York Music Scene to meet Paris and beyond

Live International Acts Featuring:
Charles Theodore (folk – USA) and Alix Roy (electro – France) and Guests (jazz, soul, funk and more)

Free every Tuesday around 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

L’Etage Resto Bar Music
Happy Hour 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
77 rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris
Métro: Goncourt


Improvisation Concert with Jay Gottlieb, piano
Monday, October 17, 8 p.m. (arrive at least 20 minutes before)

Jay Gottlieb will be performing an improvisation concert for the broadcast “A l’Improviste” of Anne Montaron, with themes provided by both the audience and the producer. If you cannot attend, the concert will be aired on Tuesday, October 18 at 11:00 p.m. on France-Musiques.

Studio 106
Maison de Radio France
116, avenue du President Kennedy, 75016 Paris
Free admission


In Concert at La Java

October 19 – Richmond Fontaine + Ian Moore + Amazing Pilots
November 14 – Peter Case + John Doe + Michael Weston King

La Java
105, rue Faubourg du Temple, 75010, Paris

For more information or to buy reduced rate tickets for these shows, visit http://www.anythingmatters.com



A Musical Review: CROON

Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday October 27, 2005 at 8:30 pm

Featuring Joel Mitchell
Philippe Duchemin, Pianist
Patricia Lebeugle, Bass Jean-Pierre Derouard, Drums
Also featuring the three singing, swinging, tap-dancing “Andrews Sisters” — Cathy Arondel, Wendy Taylor and Alma de Villa Lobo. Directed by Joe Fowler

Croon is an homage to my father and the songs he sang to me when I was a boy, to my uncle — now over 80 years old — who recorded for Disney and sang on Broadway, radio and television, to the repertoire of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra (“Fill my heart with song and let it sing forever more.”)

Croon is a tribute to all those crooners and to the simple and profound pleasure of singing, dancing, loving and being alive — which for me is the essence of swing.

Au Pibar
18 rue Favart, 75002 Paris
Entry: 12 euros; 20 euros for 2


Mantra Concert
Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m.

Bhajan music, sacred traditional songs, performed by five very talented musicians. Come sing along or simply listen to this heartful music.

Hotel Brebant
32 blvd Poissonnière, 75009 Paris Metro: Grands Boulevards

Entrance fee: 30 Euros, Students 15 Euros

For reservations and tickets, call Mayana at

Literary Events

Poetry Reading by Marc Dulman
Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Marc Dulman, a San Francisco based poet, reads at the American Univerity of Paris.

147 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris
The entrance to the building is behind the church at the same address
Métros: Latour-Maubourg or Ecole Militaire

Free to the Public. Wine and cheese served.


The Cafe Review Readings

Monday, October 24th, 7 p.m.
Shakespeare & Company
37 rue de la Bucherie, 75005 Paris

The Cafe Review’s release reading for its special issue of American Poets in Paris. The issue features poet Alice Notley, along with 22 other American poets and one French poet.
Tuesday, October 25th, 8 p.m.
Ismerys Gallery
6 rue de la Bucherie, 75005, Paris

The Cafe Review hosts a poetry reading and party to celebrate the publication of its American Poets in Paris issue. Reading will be followed by light refreshments.
Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings


Next Meeting: November 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




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

Wednesday, October, 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Michael Stephens
Professor. Business Consultant
“Networking: The Indispensable Business Tool”

Really Effective Networking. Michael will discuss the how of networking, both as a long-term business strategy and as a powerful business tool for use in everyday business encounters. He will debunk some popular misconceptions about networking, outline a new concept for smart networking in today’s global business workplace and outline a 10 point plan for how a professional can quickly embark on realizing dividends from a smart networking approach.

Michael’s professional career has been anchored in the aerospace field with much of his work directed towards international collaboration in space development. He has worked in that field in several capacities evolving from government manager and advisor through diplomat, business executive and university developer to consultant which is his current activity, along with business school teaching, here in Paris. Michael readily admits to nomadic tendencies; a Canadian by birth, he has studied and worked extensively in the US, is a European (Irish) citizen and has travelled widely.

Michael’s internati

onal career and travel have provided him with the incentive and means to actively network with a wide range of professionals in many organizations, sectors and countries over the years. This experience has afforded him insights into networking in many different venues, insights which he will be sharing Wednesday evening. He currently teaches networking in a business school setting as one of a set of professional skills needed to perform effectively and advance in today’s business world.



Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia

For more information contact Patricia
[email protected]




Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 16
There will be no dinner on Sunday, October 16 as Patricia will be participating in the Expatica “Welcome to France” Fair at the Carrousel de Louvre

Sunday, October 23 at 6:30 p.m.
Our guest will be: Eric Francis
Photojournalist. Astrologer.

At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis. Ask Patricia for exact address and door code.


GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine.

Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. To reserve on Sundays, please call.

[email protected]

Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge your circle of acquaintances in a safe and stimulating atmosphere while promoting Cultural Achievement, The New Age and Paris Personalities. And we have fun! We are THE gathering place for the International Community of Paris. Enjoy! Discuss! Meet new and interesting people.


27 Years of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes

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

Jim Haynes Atelier
A2 83, rue de la Tombe Issoire 75014 Paris
[email protected]


Full Moon Picnic
Sunday, October 16
WHERE: Pont des Arts. We’ll gather towards the middle of the bridge. Métros: Pont Neuf and Louvre-Rivoli.
WHEN: Sunday, October 16. Sunset about 6:40 p.m. Moonrise visible about 6:50 p.m.

WHAT: Everyone brings food and drink to share.
WHY: Share one of the most memorable sights in Paris with some of the nicest people around.
WHO: You and your friends.

HOW to find us: Keep your eyes out for a white telescope on tripod if the sky is clear. Check in by cell phone if you can’t find us:

FOOD THEME: Venison or anything else yummy you can hunt down. And hot drinks, now that there a chill in the air. Hot cider, hot chocolate, spiced wine, coffee, etc.

RSVP: Send email if you’re planning to join [email protected]


Rollerblading in Paris!
Fridays and Sundays

Every week, you can don your blades for two rolling tours through the City of Light!

Friday evenings: Over 4,000 experienced skaters take a different 25 km circuit each week. Full details the Thursday before at http://www.pari-roller.com or call

Sunday afternoons: Tour for beginners. A circuit of approx. 20 km over 3 hours. For more information visit http://www.rollers-coquillages.org or call


Paris Half Marathon
October 26
Streets of Paris

Knowledge is Power: Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures

San Francisco
October 21 to 23, 2005
Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf

Our popular three-day Living in France

Conference will give you all the information you need to m

ake your Paris dream a reality! The line-up for the conference includes seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts. For West Coast folks, or those wanting more comprehensive information on all aspects of living in France, the San Francisco conference is a must.


New York
October 26, 2005
Harvard Club

Take just one day and learn from some of the finest experts in French real estate about the best ways to make your money and real estate investment grow. Join us at the prestigious Harvard Club for this power-packed one day event.


December 28, 2005
Chez Jenny

Enjoy your Christmas vacation in Paris, and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money grow, while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.


Improv Theatre Classes
Have you ever played improv theatre before? Do you want to start/continue with us? In English, in French, in German or in Swedish? The autumn session of Improv classes starts NOW.

Level I – Sundays 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., (2 hours) – (200 euros for 10 classes)
Level II – Thursdays 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., (2 ½ hours) – (250 euros for 10 classes)
CLASSES IN FRENCH (10 weeks) Level I – Saturdays 12 noon – 2:00 p.m., (2 hours) – (200 euros for 10 classes)
Level II – Mondays 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., (2 ½ hours) – (250 euros for 10 classes)
CLASSES IN SWEDISH (10 weeks) Level I – (2 hours) – (200 euros for 10 classes)
CLASSES IN GERMAN (10 weeks) weekend of 19/20th November 2005, 80 euros
First class is a free trial class. PARTICIPATION CONFIRMATION is a must. (Max. 10 pers./class)

Classes are held at: Basement Studios 38 rue de Rochechouart, 75009 Paris
Code: 9321 Métro: Cadet or Anvers
If you have any questions, call or contact us by email at [email protected] or http://www.improfessionals.com (click on “classes”)

FACT Professional Acting Training and Performance
New Season begins October 3

FACT (the French-American Association for Cinema and Theatre) will begin its 17th year of professional acting training and performance on October 3rd.

Since its creation in 1989 by Sarah Eigerman, an American teacher and director based in Paris and New York, our artistic goal has been two-fold: to nurture the actor’s creative process and to explore cultural exchange on a human level.

For the 2005-06 season, FACT offers seven different classes: Improvisation; American Acting in Paris (taught exclusively in English); The Actor’s Voice; Technique and Scenes; Sense Memory; Scene Study; and Acting for the Camera. Students enroll in one or several classes per week, on a semester or annual basis, according to their individual needs.

New this year: each semester will feature a presentation of the work through a “scene night” and a week of open classes.

Our June performance project, which has been co-produced by the Guichet Montparnasse theatre for the past eight years, will focus on works by Chekhov.

Contact us for further information on our programs, admission requirements, scheduling, fees, financial aid, or to make an appointment for an interview.

65 rue de Reuilly
75012 Paris
[email protected]


Expatica.com “Welcome to France” Fair
October 16
Carrousel de Louvre – We’re at #1!

The team from French Property Insider and John Howell & Co. will be at booth #1 — come by and say hello.

At the Expatica Welcome to France Fair you will get the information you need from companies and agencies specialized in expatriate services. You’ll find information on house hunting, finding a job, immigration and permits, staying long-term, and much more. Meet the people who make expat life great, including the top clubs and associations, travel agents and sports teams.



The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop
Paris, France
December 29 – January 2

Join a unique community of artists, engaging in hands-on painting and conversation with internationally renowned Trompe l’Oeil muralist and educator, Yves Lanthier. An award-winning artist, Yves has created large oil paintings and elaborate Trompe l’Oeil that adorn the ceilings and walls of many East Coast mansions and Palm beach estates, including Celine Dion’s estate in Jupiter, Florida.

Click here for more information: http://www.paintwithyves.com/

To register click on https://www.registrationassistant.com or email Paula Winke at [email protected]


Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html


Schuyler Event Services
Providing experienced planning and management services for events, corporate meetings, and conferences and seminars internationally. Owned and managed by Schuyler Hoffman, SES successfully creates, plans and manages a variety of events for clients throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Schuyler Editorial Services
Owned and managed by Schuyler Hoffman, SES is the outgrowth of several years working as a writer and editor and provides a variety of editorial and writing services for international companies and individuals. An innate sense of style and grammar coupled with education and experience give Schuyler a particular affinity for producing first class documents. His sensitivity to every writer’s voice make him a first choice editor for novice and experienced writers alike.


WORDS THAT SELL! English Language Copywriter

Freelance copywriter with more than ten years of strategic marketing and advertising experience will write your brochures, sales letters, direct mail packages, web sites, newsletters and more. I will work with you to truly understand your products/services and the needs of your customers, to produce targeted communications that get results. Clients include advertising agencies, corporations and small businesses, and I am working with Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider. Competitive rates. Contact Lynda at [email protected]



Tell your French friends!

Business English, conversation, writing, TOEFL/TOIC prep. All levels. Lessons designed to meet student’s needs. Instructor has a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (TESOL),and 10 + years of teaching experience. Contact Nancy Szczepanski at or [email protected]



To sing, have fun, and express yourself!
Bilingual French-English

Singing classes for children 9 to 12 years old
Paris 15th
Mondays or Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Private lessons for children and adults
Paris 15th and 18th

Contact: [email protected]

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group http://www.parlerparlor.com

Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations

Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 38 Avenue de l’Opéra 2nd arrondissement, Paris Opéra, RER A Auber

At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 13 passage Dauphine (entrance at 30 rue Dauphine, between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine), 6th arrondissement
Métro: Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership and General Information
[email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel:
Adrian Leeds, Tel:

For Our Bay Area Friends

The Bay Area Francophile List is a weekly calendar of cultural events of interest to Francophones and Francophiles of the Bay Area, offering information on cinema, art, theater, music, conversation groups, classes, etc. and servicing the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

This week’s Bay Area Francophile List has been posted at http://www.sonoma.edu/users/t/toczyski/BAFLHomepage.shtml


San Francisco French-American Chamber of Commerce
Upcoming Events

Dinner with the European Union Ambassador to the US: John Bruton
Wednesday, October 12th, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco

This evening will be an exceptional occasion to network with the European American Community and to hear his Excellency John Bruton, EU Ambassador to the US and former Irish Prime Minister. He will share his insights on the European Union – US Relations including global cooperation in countering terrorism, promoting peace and stability in regions of conflict, the fight against poverty, and transatlantic economic relations.

It is organized with the British American Business Council, Northern California, the German American Business Association of California, with the support of the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce, Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley, the International Diplomacy Council, the World Affairs Council of Northern California and Red Herring. More information and registration at http://www.eurocham.org


Thirza Vallois in California/Autumn 2005
Thirza Vallois, the author of the internationally acclaimed series, “Around and About Paris” and “Romantic Paris” will be back in California for a series of talks on Paris.

If you happen to live in California or passing through, make sure not to miss out on one of her legendary talks. Enlightenment, pleasure, entertainment will be part of the evening, and lots of stunning slides. Signed copies of her books will be available for purchase during those events.
Friday, November 4 – The Monterey International Institute of Strategic Studies Saturday, November 12 – St Helena, Napa Valley Sunday, November 13 – Alliance Française, Napa Monday, November 14 – Commonwealth Club, San Francisco Tuesday, November 15 – The Mechanics Institute, San Francisco Wednesday, November 16 – The Metropolitan Club, San Francisco
Note: Further details on times and locations to follow.

Some readers’ comments:
“Treat yourself to this treasure!” — Book List (the American Library Journal)
“Here’s to ‘Around and About Paris.’ On your next trip to Paris, don’t leave home without it!” — The Boston Book Review
“An astonishingly informative companion!” — The Times Literary Supplement, London
“These books will soon achieve legendary status! I believe you can toss out all other Paris guidebooks.” — William Boyd/The Spectator, London
“Entertaining at all times…. She out-Baedekers Baedeker even at his best!” — Francophonie
For Our Philadelphia Area Friends

Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare and Co. By Jeremy Mercer, this is part memoir, part travelogue, and part biography of Shakespeare & Co.’s legendary owner, George Whitman.

Talk and book signing:
Monday, November 7th, at 7:00 p.m.
The Blauvelt Theater, Friends Select School, 17th and the Parkway.

Admission Free.

Daniele L. Thomas Easton
France – Philadelphie

Consul Hon. de France a Philadelphie et Wilmington
1650 Market Street
One Liberty Place
Suite 2500
Philadelphia PA 19103
Tel: (215) 851-1474
Fax: (215) 851-1420

With gangsters on his tail and his meager savings in hand, crime reporter Jeremy Mercer fled Canada to Paris in 1999. Broke and on the cusp of homelessness, Mercer found himself invited to a tea party amongst the riff raff of the Parisian fantasy that is Shakespeare & Company. Lost in his very own version of Alice in Wonderland, Mercer falls down the rabbit hole to a life of camaraderie in the famous bookstore, becoming proprietor George Whitman’s confidant and right-hand man, trading free labor for an unforgettable experience. The ultimate story of bohemian Paris, this charming world is filled with unique characters like the eccentric British poet, Simon, the beautiful blonde, Pia, and Whitman, who holds the key to it all.

Community Announcements

Introducing FRUSAB: France-USA Bridge

FRUSAB, which stands for France-USA Bridge, is a newly created non-profit organisation designed to promote a variety of cultural, educational, social, and other exchanges between French and Americans around the world.

FRUSAB’s history stems from a system of values that link the United States of America and the French Republic since both countries Revolutionary Periods. While these periods were tumultuous and fraught with war, the end of the 18th century represented the beginning of the struggle for democracy, the freedom of speech, and individual liberties that cannot be usurped by a governmental authority. Today, over 2 centuries later, FRUSAB hopes to continue with this tradition by bringing French and Americans together based on common values and shared interests. In addition, FRUSAB hopes to encourage positive and reflective thinking on a variety of issues affecting both France and the United States in order to better deal with
problems facing both countries today.

As FRUSAB continues to grow, we encourage you to check back frequently to see what’s new, post a message in our fully operational Forum, or read some of our recent articles on a variety of topics.

For more information, please visit http://www.frusab.com


Democrats Abroad France Special Announcement

Le Monde has published a terrific article about John Roberts by former Dems Abroad France Women’s Caucus Chair, Jennifer Merchant. Bravo for her lucid and powerful analysis of the situation before us (and our apologies to those of you who do not read French).
Read it at: http://www.lemonde.fr/web/article/0,1-0,36-689330,0.html


Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m.

Where is the `War on Terror` taking us? This is just one of the many questions that will be addressed at the inaugural Current Events Forum, hosted by WICE on October 18 at

It is the first of many events in which you are invited to discuss and explore the issues of the day. Kicking off the forum will be special guest Professor Hall Gardener, an expert on international conflict.

Professor Gardner is Chair, Department of International Affairs and Politics, American University of Paris and has recently published American Global Strategy and the War on Terrorism. His research blends a historical and theoretical approach with contemporary international affairs.

If you regularly read the papers and have views on the news, why not come along and explore the deeper long-term meaning of current events. Join WICE`s Current Events Forum and their invited experts to look at the historical background and possible future implications of what is happening in the world right now. Over wine and cheese, participate in a relaxed environment where we examine topical themes such as China and Trade, Iraq and the Middle East, Changes in the EU, and more.

The forum is free and open to members and non-members. No prior registration is necessary, just come and join us on the evening. RSVPs are however appreciated at: mailto:[email protected] Attention: Current Events Forum, or by telephoning or visiting WICE.

20, boulevard du Montparnasse
Métro: Duroc

What’s On in the City

Année du Brésil en France
From March to December
Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Film, Literature…


34th Edition of the Paris Fall Festival
September 14 to December 25
Various Venues


Gay Life Show
October 21 to 24
Paris Exhibition Center

International Chocolate Show
October 22 to 25
Paris Exhibition Center

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Leeds Marais Apartment
Available in its entirety November 22 – 27, 2005

Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square
meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and
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