“Well, It Isn’t Paris”

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Well, It Isn’t Paris

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

Calendar #75

Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

This weekend some of France’s real estate industry people are heading across the English Channel to London for the French Property Exhibition now in its 16th year, including me. There will be more than 150 exhibitors — I’ll be participating at stand #182 of John Howell & Co. of Europe Law, the attorneys with whom we co-host the Invest in France Conferences.

Naturally, I’ll be Eurostarring it from the Gare du Nord to Waterloo Station in a breezy two-and-one-half-hours, with my laptop and reading material to while away the time. Among the documents I am taking is a 60-page report from the Mairie of Paris I received this morning thanks to my favorite “little birdie” in the City of Paris administration who keeps me informed of what’s hot and what’s not, what’s in and what’s out, what’s on and what’s off. It’s from the Direction du Développement Econimique et de l’Emploi — a report on the demographic and socia-economic structure of each arrondissement of Paris. How fascinating!

Let me share a few tidbits that surprised me…

There are 6300 inhabitants in the 3rd arrondissement (where I live) of foreign nationality, representing 18.3% of the population of the district, compared with 14.5% citywide. I expected it to be lower than the 6th arrondissement, which is such a big attraction particularly for Americans (there are more short-term rental apartments in the 6th than in any other!). However, there are fewer — 5400 of foreign nationality, representing 12% of the district’s population. The arrondissement with the least numbers of foreign residents?…the 12th with 9.8% and the most?…surprisingly, the 2nd with 21.5%!

The report does not attempt to break down the various nationalities, but in both the 2nd and 3rd, there are many wholesalers and small factories, many of which are owned and operated by the Chinese residents. I can only guess that this contributes to the high numbers.

The most heavily populated district in Paris is the 15th with 225,360 inhabitants, 10.6% of the Paris population. Not surprising, considering it is also Paris largest geographic area with 8.5 square kilometers. The least populated is the 1st, with 16,890 inhabitants, not even one percent, in less than two square kilometers. Geographically, the smallest district of Paris is the 2nd — not even one square kilometer, followed by the 3rd with just over one square kilometer. No wonder it feels so much like a little village!

When I’m back from London on Monday, I’m sure I’ll have tales to tell and lots of comparisons to make between these two great cities of Europe. The Eurostar high speed train being as simple, easy, fast and inexpensive as it is to get from center city to center city in what feels like the blink of an eye, makes a weekend excursion there no more difficult than a trip across town to have dinner with friends…so I find myself there often enough.

Still, when someone asks me “how was London?”…the answer remains the same: “Well, it isn’t Paris.”

A la prochaine…








Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
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Calendar #75
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

Stand-Up Comedy

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

September 25 – Rupert Wates & Kenneth Hickey “Voices From The Dark”
October 9 – Thomas Dooley “Discretion”
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


Dance Events

Etoile du Nord
“Mouvements d’Automne”
September 19 to October 8

Cinémathèque française “Soirée spéciale Renoir”
Thursday, October 6 at 7pm

51, rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris

For more information visit http://www.cinematheque.fr

Art and Culture

PARIS WALKS with Leonard Pitt
September 24 and October 1, 8, 12

Leonard Pitt, author of the bestselling “Promenades dans le Paris Disparu,” and founder of the Berkeley Chocolate Club, will be in Paris for one month, September 15 to October 16, and is now organizing small groups for walks through the city.

Four walks are offered. Each lasts about 3 hours+.

Cost: 60 Euros per person. Maximum 8 to a group. Inquire about group rates.

Leonard’s unique perspective offers a view of Paris in all its beauty and drama that is not available anywhere else. Diane Johnson speaks of his book with praise in her latest book, “Into a Paris Quartier,” and the French press came out with numerous glowing reviews when his book appeared in 2002.

“Leonard is completely legitimate, he’s impregnated with Paris. He sees things that we don’t see.” – Le Figaro

“This American friend knows Paris like the back of his hand and illustrates clearly what the serious stroller would have a hard time deciphering on his own – the history that runs beneath today’s buildings.” – Le Nouvel Observateur

Jana Jagoe took a walk with Leonard in Spring 2005. She writes:

“If you want to truly understand the impact that Napoleon and Haussmann had on Paris the best guide is Leonard Pitt. He not only knows his subject matter but has the actor’s ability that allows you to see the past and the characters who filled it. I’ve lived half the year in Paris for five years and have taken dozens of tours. None compares to Leonard’s. All of the pieces are there. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss this one.”

For information, contact Leonard at [email protected]
To see his book, go to: http://www.leonardpitt.com

Walk 1. Left Bank. Begins at St. Germain des Prés and ends at Square Viviani across from Notre Dame.

Walk 2. Ile de la Cité.
Walks 1 and 2 give a first-hand view of the making of modern Paris under Baron Haussmann. The effect of standing on a corner with a photo in hand of 19th century Paris brings home the full impact of the city’s transformation as the Baron’s pickaxe tore down 20,000 houses to make way for the great boulevards and avenues that define Paris today.

Walk 3. The Marais.
Begins in Place des Vosges and explores the unknown history of the Marais south of rue Saint-Antoine from the 1920s to the 1950s. A mixture of anti-Semitism plus a blockheaded approach to urban planning was a disaster to this quarter. The casual stroller has no idea of the dramas played out at virtually every corner.

Walk 4. Paris and Chocolate.
This walk combines Paris history plus visits to three of Paris’s premium chocolate houses. We begin on the grounds of the Louvre and look at how the creation of the Louvre as we know it resulted from a tragic accident. Then we walk to the garden of the Palais Royal to see how one man’s debauchery lead to the creation of that great architectural gem, the covered passageway. From there we walk across the street to two of the most beautiful passageways borne of this debauchery, Passages Vivienne and Colbert. Then up rue Vivienne with a stop at Debauve and Gallais to purchase some chocolate on our way to a wonderful network of passages including Passage des Panoramas, Passage Jouffroy and Passage Verdeaux. Exiting the passages we make our second chocolate stop at Mère de la Famille. A short bus ride to Place de l’Opera takes us into the making of modern Paris and the great history of the Grands Boulevards. We’ll then continue up the boulevard to the famous La Maison du Chocolate, make our final purchase of this food of the gods and repair to a cafe for our tasting, to compare, criticize, rate, and above all enjoy.

For more details visit http://www.berkeleychocolateclub.com

Special Note: Leonard Pitt will be the guest speaker at the Saturday night dinner of the Living and Investing in France Conference October 21 – 23, 2005 at the Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco. To learn more and reserve your place, visit /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_SF_2005/LIF_SF_dinner.html


“Première a Paris”

Photography by Jan Hanson

Vernissage September 22, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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.

The exhibit, “Première a Paris,” will run from September 19 through November 10, and the Vernissage will be Thursday, September 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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

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


International Contemporary Art Show: FIAC
October 6 to 10 October
Paris Exhibition Center, Porte de Versailles

The 32nd FIAC will take place in halls 4 and 5.1 of the Parc des Expositions, Porte de Versailles. Some 207 galleries, almost a quarter of them are new to FIAC, will exhibit. 26 countries will be represented by 113 foreign galleries and 99 from France.



La Nuit Blanche
Saturday, October 1

Nuit Blanche is back and more surprising than ever. The Paris City Council invites us to take a different look at the capital by asking talented artists from all horizons (music, visual art, video, sound, lighting) to deploy their skills in order to amaze and move us.

In the space of a few hours, Paris becomes home of the night-owls. Dressed in their evening finery, museums, libraries, swimming pools and churches throw open their doors. Unconventional illuminations, offbeat sounds, unusual exhibitions, original ideas…are all on the agenda for this night without sleep.


Special Note:
Nuit Blanche Unlimited from France Telecom!

To celebrate Nuit Blanche, France Telecom is offering free calling from your fixed line phone to other fixed lines or mobile phones, starting on Saturday, October 1 from 10 p.m. until Sunday at 8 a.m.

For more information visit:


Reopening on Thursday, September 22

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. except Tuesdays

Brazil and the Black Americas: A Comparative Approach
Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m.

For reservations call
Free entrance


Ciné-club Afrique Second Season

Regular meeting: 3rd Friday of the month

Director: Carlos Dieguès, Brazil

Gala Premiere
Friday, September 30 at 8:30pm

Reservations required, call
5 euros


Cirque africain
Circa Zamba

When the circus makes history!

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

Musical Interludes

Euro-musical network

Corcorans Irish Bar, nestled in the shadow of Sacre Coeur church, in the Parisien neighborhood of Montmartre, hosts the first in a series of gigs which showcase emerging Irish talent abroad.

September 22 and 23

Ken Burke and Jude travel from Dublin to play on at the popular venue on Rue du Chevalier off the famous Place de Tertre. The two nights launch a series of gigs which initially link Paris and Dublin but which will then expand to other cities around Europe.

Organized by Fusebox. This month’s Paris gig is the first of a series of monthly events there.

Further details call Moira Cassidy in Dublin: 00 353 86 8562080 or [email protected]


Joe l’Americain Gospel Concert

Sunday, September 25th, 7 p.m.

j2999eph Langley and the Choeurs de l’Ame in concert at Chapelle Saint Sauveur at the Hôpital Corentin Celton

Issy les Moulineaux
Métro Corentin Celton
Entrance 15 Euros
For more information, contact or


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 [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.

Happy Hour 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
77 rue du Faubourg du Temple 75010 Paris
Métro: Goncourt

Literary Events

David Sedaris
American Library in Paris
September 21, 7:00 p.m.

David Sedaris, author of the bestsellers “Barrel Fever,” “Holidays on Ice,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim” may be the closest thing the literary world has to a rock star! He will speak at the American Library in Paris September 21.

American Library in Paris
10 rue Général Camou, 75007 Paris
Cocktail hour and book signing to follow
20 euros per person


Reading: Marian Coe
Shakespeare & Company
September 26, 7 p.m.

Marian Coe, novelist from Clearwater, Florida and Banner Elk, North Carolina, will read from her latest novel, “Rachel’s Story: A Southern Girl in Pre-Civil War Boston” on Sept. 26 at Shakespeare & Co., 7p.m., part of Monday Night at Shakespeare. Coe writes of Rachel’s search for the meaning of life, guided by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Thoreau, and Louisa May Alcott.

Coe, a former journalist with the St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Florida, is an award-winning journalist. Her books include Legacy, the story of a young girl in post-war Florida during 1945.

Shakespeare & Company
37, rue de la Bucherie, 75005 Paris


Thirza Vallois Reading and Book Signing
Shakespeare & Company
Monday, September 26, 7:00 p.m.

Thirza Vallois, the author of the internationally acclaimed “Around and About Paris” series and “Romantic Paris,” is an expert on all things Parisian and contributes regularly to television, radio and magazines in the UK, the US, France and elsewhere, BBC, PBS, CNN, Discovery, The Travel Channel, La Cinq, The Financial Times, United Airlines’ Hemispheres, Condé Nast.

She will take you on a fascinating journey into the area surrounding Shakespeare & Company Bookshop, the cradle of the University of Paris back in the Middle Ages. Travel with Thirza through the ages, all the way into modern times. Enlightenment, entertainment, passion, are all part of the journey. At the end of the journey she will be happy to sign her books.

Shakespeare & Company
37, rue de la Bucherie, 75005, Paris

You can contact Thirza Vallois through her web site: http://www.thirzavallois.com

Thirza Vallois is now completing a new book on the Aveyron, last hidden region of France, to be published in 2006. She has written several articles about the Averyon and the new Millau bridge for the Financial Times, United Airlines’ Hemispheres, Everything France, among others.

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings



Next Meeting: October 11th, 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



MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Unsurpassed networking opportunities.

Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Our guest speaker will be:

Kara Kuryllowicz
Business Writer

“Writing Tips That Can Help You Get To The Top”

Kara Kuryllowicz is a corporate and magazine writer who writes about everything from scuba diving with sharks to commercial real estate and beer.

She’s been a sole practitioner for the past 18 years. She’s written for a range of consumer (Profit, SOHO, Toronto Star) and business press. She also wrote tourist guides on Ottawa and Chicago as well as a coffee-table book on the Canadian Rockies. In addition, she has created brochures, letters, web sites, flyers, newsletters, scripts and articles for clients such as Labatt Breweries of Canada, Cadillac Fairview, Maclean’s and many small- to medium-sized companies. She worked full-time for Maclean Hunter, Southam Communications and Imperial Life of Canada before striking out on her own.

Kara has talked about writing to The International Association of Business Communicators, The Society for Technical Communications, Rotary Club, Osgoode Law School and The Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario.

She is a member of the Editors Association of Canada, the Periodical Writers Association of Canada, Toastmasters and The International Association of Business Communicators.

Kara Kuryllowicz is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnic University’s School of Journalism.

Please visit: http://www.bizwrite.ca



Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia

For more information contact Patricia
[email protected]




Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.


Sunday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m.

Our guest of honor will be:

Shay Youngblood
Author. Painter

The Adventures That Lead To The Writing Of “Black Girl In Paris.”

In addition to being the author of “Black Girl in Paris”, Georgia-born writer Shay Youngblood is the author of the novel “Soul Kiss” and a collection of short fiction, “The Big Mama Stories.” Her plays “Amazing Grace”, “Shakin’ the “Mess Outta Misery” and “Talking Bones” (Dramatic Publishing Company), have been widely produced. Her other
plays include “Black Power Barbie” and “Communism Killed My Dog”. She has received many honors.

Shay Youngblood graduated from Clark-Atlanta University and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. She has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in the eastern Caribbean, as an au pair, artist’s model, and poet’s helper in Paris, and as a creative writing
instructor in a Rhode Island women’s prison. She is a member of the Writer’s Guild of America and the Dramatists’ and Authors’ Guild. She currently lives in Boston where she is working on new paintings and a video project.

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 Par

isian 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]


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

Upcoming Conferences

For more information on the conferences, seminars and workshops listed below, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html

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 make 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.


French Property Exhibition
London, England
September 23 – 25, 2005
National Hall, Olympia

Now in its 16th year, the London French Property Exhibition gives you the opportunity to learn about all aspects of buying property in France. Visit the John Howell and Co. booth to meet John Howell, and Adrian Leeds of Parler Paris and French Property Insider.


4th Paris Poetry Workshop
Paris, France
October 2 – 6, 2005

This is your opportunity to spend five days in Paris as a poet among poets. Over the past several years, the success of each Paris Poetry Workshop has contributed to the creation of an expanding international community of poets writing in English, who come together from all parts of the world to generate new work, hone their craft, share and support one another’s creative endeavors. This is your chance to become part of this exciting and vibrant community. Click here for more information:



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.

Ms. Eigerman stud

ied theatre at Smith College and New York University, acted off-Broadway and at the N.Y. Shakespeare Festival, taught at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and co-founded The Real Stage (which counted Geraldine Page among its teachers) in New York, before moving to Paris.

Her teaching approach is inspired by Stanislavski and his American followers, grounded in holistic mind-body disciplines and honed by nearly 30 years of experience. Its basic principle: the actor does not simply “interpret” a text, but creates the living experience evoked by the text. This creative work involves the actor in the character’s life. It is a process of transformation and transcendence, worthy of respect.

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]

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

The Hot Club of San Francisco is donating all of the proceeds from the sales of our CD “Postcards from Gypsyland” on the CD BABY website directly to the Red Cross relief fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina for the next few weeks. This is a great time to pick up our latest (we’re super proud of it!) and to help with the disaster relief.


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

Summary: 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

WICE Annual Open House
October 12, 2005, 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join us for our one-day Open House event, October 12th, 2:00 – 8:00pm.
Learn more about our in-depth courses for adults ranging from Personal and Professional Development, Creative Writing, TEFL/Stage d’anglais and Languages to Studio Arts, Art History and History, Politics and Culture. Find out what we have in store for you this year!

For more information visit http://www.wice-paris

20, boulevard du Montparnasse
Métro: Duroc



Cordially invitation to all Dems to:

Welcome Back Cocktail and film screening of
Thursday, September 22, 2005, 7:00 p.m.

Take it Back: The Movement for Democracy and Howard Dean

The director of the film, Heidi Draper, will be present to answer questions.

If you would like to learn more about the film visit: http://www.takeitbackfilm.com/

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Open Bar Cocktail
Screening of Take it Back begins at 7:30 p.m.

At the Bar-Restaurant The Place
11, rue Jean Mermoz, 75008, Paris
Métro: Franklin D. Roosevelt

nt size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">All DEMOCRATS WELCOME!
Contribution: 20 euros includes film, drinks and appetizers

Please RSVP by email only to: [email protected]


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:


First Tuesday
October 4, 2005
Drinks 7:30 p.m., Dinner 8:00 p.m.

Jean-François Daguzan, Expert on the Mediterranean, Fondation pour La Recherche Stratéqique (FRS) Karim Tazi, businessman and social activist, member of the Board of the Moroccan Social Development Agency.

Moderator: Rey Riemer, Executive Vice-Chair, DAF

Our theme for the kick-off the 2005-06 First Tuesday season is Morocco. Our speakers, will look at that strategic country from two different viewpoints. From a “macro” standpoint, Jean-François Daguzan will place the country in its present strategic context in the Maghreb and the Mediterranean basin. Karim Tazi will give the “micro” view, discussing the development of civil society in Morocco, his own efforts at forming and federating neighborhood associations, NGOs and youth activities, and the need to develop alternatives to extremism, which is gaining ground in the country.

To be held at:
Parnasse 138
138 Bd. de Montparnasse, 75014 Paris
Métros: Vavin, Raspail

In order to comply with the McCain Feingold Act, you are invited to pay for the dinner directly to the restaurant. Please send your check for 32 Euros made out to “Parnasse 138″ to Cathy Decavèle, 22 Chemin de la Rousterie, 78460 La Chevreuse. To pay at the door (by check or cash at the door) call for reservations: Cathy Decavele at or Janice Mitchell at Please leave your information clearly and slowly when you call these numbers and reach a message machine!

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


“Nuit Blanche” Contemporary Art Festival
October 1
Streets of Paris


World Flea Market Show
October 6 to 8
Puces de Paris Saint-Ouen


International Chocolate Show
October 22 to 25
Paris Exhibition Center


Gay Life Show
October 21 to 24
Paris Exhibition Center

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