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The anticipation is killing me.

On July 4th, the city displayed American flags on the front of the Hôtel de Ville in honor of our Independence day, so I sent my daughter, the budding photo-journalist, to shoot some pictures and record it for posterity.

Last night after dinner I detoured to the Parvis at the Hôtel de Ville to see what was going on there in preparation for today’s expected win of the Olympic committee bid for the 2012 Summer Games. Posters are up all over town promoting the win, the Hôtel de Ville was lit blue and big screens out front were running videos from Sunday, June 5th on the Champs-Elysées when they turned the “most beautiful avenue in the world” into a mock Olympic stadium.

Today you can bet I’ll be there for the announcement at 12:30 p.m. when Singapore telecasts the results live. That’s the reason for Parts I and II of today’s newsletter. At 12 noon, I’ll stop tapping the keyboard and head south to the Hôtel de Ville to be on the spot in the midst of the celebration.

Of course, you understand, I’m confident we’re going to win. I hate to think what will happen if we don’t.


The anticipation grew very intense as we stood among the crowd of hundreds — perhaps more than a thousand — people on the Parvis in front of the Hôtel de Ville watching the big screens, among them hundreds of press taking shots of the crowd’s reaction.

We listened and watched intently. One by one the cities dropped out of the race. First Moscow. Then New York. Then Madrid. The tension began to build. The clouds overhead became ominous. There was a strange calm before the storm.

We joked…”If we lose, the rain will come down along with our tears. If we win, the clouds will blow over exposing rays of sunshine.”

Three opera singers performed ear-piercing notes that shattered our senses. The tension continued to build. Then, at 1:48 p.m., the young Singapore woman bearing the secret envelope entered the stage and handed it to the ceremony host. The French flags were flying. Everyone was smiling, chanting…”Pa-ris! Pa-ris! Pa-ris!”

At that moment, when he said the word “Lon-don,” silence fell upon the crowd. We all looked at one another in disbelief. “No, that’s not really what he said,” we thought. But it was. Rival city, London, took what we felt was rightfully ours. Had M. Chirac’s insulting words from yesterday been to blame for the negative vote?, we wondered.

On today’s, Gordon T. Anderson wrote an article titled “Winners lose in Olympic bid ( Why do cities want to host a competition where out-of-control costs are the rule?” He’s in New York and my first thought was “sour grapes” — New York’s was likely to lose anyway, right? So, phrases like… “For all the attention a city gets from hosting an Olympiad, the reality is that the glory is fleeting. The Gam

es last for two weeks. The bills can last for two decades — or longer.”…just make New Yorkers feel better for being the losers.

‘Course, there is likely truth in what he writes, and now that we’ve lost, perhaps it makes me feel better, too. The French said that hosting would allow Paris “to renovate and modernize, initiate and sustain new behaviors, open up to new architectural, urban, sporting, economic and social ways of thinking.”

I believe they’ll do all that, even WITHOUT the Olympic Games.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

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Calendar #65
Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

The Improfessionals
Impro à la carte in English

Wednesday July 6, 8:30 p.m.

Experience the cooling effect of impro in the summer heat!

Come along to our n

ext show and 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 (tarif réduit)



Laughing Matters in Paris presents:


July 5 and 6, 8:30 p.m.
La Java
105 rue du Faubourg du Temple 75010 Paris
Métro: Goncourt or Belleville (watch out Belleville might be closed for a face-lift after 8 p.m.)

Tickets at the door 20 euros and 17 euros

Visit for details.



Theatre: TWO

TWO, a British Comedy by Jim Cartwright (of Rise and fall of Little Voice fame) is playing in English on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. at Theatre Darius Milhaud. Starring two Anglo-Irish actors, Kim-Michelle Broderick (Sex on a Stick) and Paul Barrett.

Theatre Darius Milhaud
80, allée Darius Milhaud
75019 Paris
Métro: Porte de Pantin

Art and Culture

IVY paris Meet Up Group
Thursday July 7th

Want to meet other artists and put together group shows here and in other cities? Join us for the first IVY paris Meet Up!

Venue to be confirmed.
Suggested donation: 2 euros

For more information visit


Paris do Brazil Samba Parisienne
Friday July 8th 8 p.m.

Didimo en concert
Piñata géante
Exposition – Brésil – Cuba: une culture Afro Latine
Photographies Sébastien et Julie Colina, Hélène Seguin Troisième Lieu

62, rue de Quincampoix 75002 Paris
3 euros
Association Transhum’art
Art Contemporain d’Amérique Latine
Mailto:[email protected]

Literary Events

Thursday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.

PWW Writers in Residence: Elizabeth Cox, C. Michael Curtis, and Honor Moore

The American Library
10 rue du Gal Camou, 75007 Paris
Métro: Ecole Militaire, RER C: Alma

For more information call WICE

Musical Interludes

“Feedback” Outdoor Festival
La Villette
Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10

Militant Noise Music, Electro, Pop Avant Rock

It’s free!


Paris Jazz Festival
June 4 to July 24, 2005

Musique Côté Jardins
Parc Floral de Paris

Free concerts starting at 1:30 p.m.
Entry into Parc Floral de Paris: 4 euros, Tarif réduit 2 euros

RER Vincennes, Mtro: Chateau de Vincennes


Festival Musique en l’Ile
June 28 to September 17

Classical concerts with the Moscow Sirine Choir, the Vocal Group “Oxford Voices,” the Paris Gregorian Choir and more.

Eglises Saint-Louis-en-Ile (4th Arrondissement), Saint-Germain-des-Prés (6th Arrondissement) and others.

For more information



The Pacific Lutheran University
under the direction of
Richard Nance
Works sung by the choir:
Dahl, Nance Newberry; Sharpe
and Spirituals

The American Church
Métro Pont Alma, Invalides
Friday, July 22, 2005 at 10:30 p.m.

The Pacific Lutheran University
under the direction of
Richard Nance
Works sung by the choir:
Dahl, Nance Newberry
and Spirituals

Eglise St-Severin
Mtro St-Michel
Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 4:00 p.m.

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

Mon Bon Chien Birthday Fête!
Saturday, July 9

Mon Bon Chien, the very first doggie bakery in France, is pleased to invite you to join us for Sophie’s 9th Birthday Fête, Saturday July 9.

Profits will benefit “Cani-Seniors” a pensione for aged dogs.

5% discount for all beauty salon appointments taken that day.

Mon Bon Chien
12 rue Mademoiselle 75015 Paris
Métro: Commerce
http://[email protected]


Bals des Pompiers
Wednesday, July 13
9:00 p.m. till 4:00 a.m.

Forty stations (13 in Paris) open their doors to the public with music, drink and snacks.

For more information visit
For the list of balls, visit


PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: July 12th, 2005 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed August.

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.

Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia



For more information contact Patricia
Mailto:[email protected]


Paris Soirées Dinner

NEW TIME! Happy Hour is at 6:30 p.m.



Sunday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m.

with Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar, Historian and Author

Come join Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar for his talk on the amazing cultural phenomenon of hip-hop. He will explore the history of hip-hop and the ways in which the art has spread around the globe, bringing with it African American youth culture, while simultaneously providing space for provincial cultural expressions. Hear samples of hip-hop music from Venezuela, France, Cuba, Germany and other countries that demonstrate the dynamic nature of the cultural juggernaut.

Jeffrey O.G. Ogbar is a Professor of History at the University of Connecticut where he is also Director of the Institute for African American Studies

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.

Patricia’s Tel:
Mailto:[email protected]

Sunday, July 17

Paris Soirées is hosting a Special Dinner Party in honor of American (July 4th), Canadian (July 1st) and French (July 14) National Holidays.

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]


Dancing on Quai Saint-Bernard

On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays evenings, until August 31, 2005, weather permitting (or at least if it’s not raining) rendezvous on the quai Saint-Bernard.

The Parisians bring along a stereo and their best CDs and let themselves go to the sounds of tango, salsa or rock’n’roll.

Come and join in!

Quai Saint-Bernard 75005 PARIS
Métro: Gare d’Austerlitz
RER C: Gare d’Austerlitz
Access for persons with limited mobility


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


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Tell your French friends!

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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
mailto:[email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel:
Adrian Leeds, Tel:

Knowledge is Power:
Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures


Tone Words with Mark Leech: Giving Shape to Writing

Thursday July 7
1:30-2:30 p.m. at WICE

10 euros fee for non-PWW participants. Registration appreciated, walk-ins are possible but limited spaces available.

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.

The JULY Bay Area Francophile Li

st has been posted at

Bastille Day events are highlighted in red.

There will be no additional updates to the list during the month of July. Publication will resume in August.

What’s On in the City

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


Paris Jazz Festival
June 4 to July 24
Musique Côté Jardins
Parc Floral de Paris


8th Edition of Festival Soirs d’Été
June 21 to July 14, 2005
3rd Arrondissement


Paris Summer Sales!
Starts Friday, June 24 through July 23
For a complete listing of sale dates throughout France visit:


Giant Couscous at Place d’Aligre
Saturday, July 2, 12th, 6:30 p.m.


Paris Ciné Rando
From July 3 to 12 and


Les Grandes Eaux Nocturnes
July 9 to August 13

A stroll through the illuminated gardens to meet key historical figures of Versailles. Firework display.

Parc du Château de Versailles


Bals des Pompiers
Wednesday, July 13
9:30 p.m. till 2:30 a.m.
For more information visit
For the list of balls, visit


Bastille Day
Thursday, July 14

Parade begins 11:00 a.m at the Arc de Triomphe

Fireworks at sundown
Champs de Mars/Eiffel Tower


Paris Quartier d’Eté
July 14 to August 15

Dance, music, theatre, circus and film in parks and gardens, squares and streets and museums of the city. Some events are free.



Cinema en Plein Air 2005
July 19 to August 27
Parc la Villette


Paris Plage
July 21 to August 20
Daily 7 a.m. to midnight


Le Raid Dingue de Paris
22-23 July, 6th, 18th, 13th


Festival Cinéma au Clair de Lune
August 3 to 21

Another chance to see cinema masterpieces past and present having Paris as subject or backdrop. Outdoors.



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