Celebrating The 4Th Of July With Real Hamburgers And Country Music
My inside track at the City Hall confirms that there is simply nothing happening on a city-wide basis to celebrate the this coming Sunday 4th of July with their American friends…so “tant pis!” — I’m making hamburgers instead.
REAL hamburgers. Not the McDonald’s burgers the French all think are the real thing. You know — fresh ground beef mixed with spices and egg to make it gel, grilled, with a square pat of American cheese melted on top, bacon strips to add, “dressed” with iceberg lettuce, a slice of red homegrown tomato, relish, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup on a toasted sesame seed bun, served with Cole slaw or potato salad, chips or French fries (no, not “Freedom fries), Coca Cola and brownies for dessert. Is your mouth watering yet?
You can get all those things here now. At one time, even the ground beef wasn’t readily available. Now, even the buns are easy to locate in any Franprix supermarket.
I can vividly remember last year when I invited my friends for the 4th of July Burger Bonanza chez Leeds — their wide eyes and their unison chanting of “hmmmm” as they took that first bite — that a good old-fashioned American burger is one of the things we still seriously miss. Coq au vin just doesn’t get the same reaction!
One great place here in Paris to get a REAL burger is at Joe Allen’s, 30 rue Pierre Lescot in the 1st arrondissement, just at the Etienne-Marcel Métro. It’s not on the menu, but just ask for it!
Something else we yearn for? For those of us who spent time in the woods of East Tennessee or the Carolinas, it’s Country Music. Luckily, a town in the Southwest of France (appropos location, n’est-ce pas?) called “Mirande” (population 4000) has fixed all that. Every year for the last 12 years American and European artists come to play more than 50 concerts over six days to a crowd of more than 100,000 on a 35-meter stage putting out 30,000 watts of sound.
This year the Mirande Country Music Festival is from July 9th to 14th. They claim to transform the town into an American one and is considered the first Country Music festival in Europe. Concerts start at 5 p.m. and go until dawn every day of the festival. There are also hot-air balloon flights, American cars, Harley-Davidsons and a variety of other attractions, stands selling Indian and western clothing, local gastronomy (of course — this IS France!) and numerous other items.
One special group worth making the trip for is “Susi Gott and the Paris Cats” playing on July 10th. Susi is a violinist, singer, composer and Appalachian folk dancer originally from North Carolina who has a 30-year professional career with some of the biggest names in Country Music and has directed the Country Music program at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.
Susi’s been living in Auxy, a little village in the Loiret (department 48) 59 miles from Paris for the last 15 years with a French husband and three bilingual, bicultural kids. Tomorrow’s French Property Insider will feature some of Susi Gott’s memoirs about her life in this small French village and properties for sale in the area — just a short drive or train trip from Paris.
So, if this July you Expats need a fix of Americana, go for burgers and country music…right here in France!
A la prochaine…
Editor, Parler Paris
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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies
COMEDY AT THE HOTEL DU NORD
* Eddie Brill
Hôtel du Nord
4 & 5 July 8-30 pm
Tickets 20 Euros (17 Euros students)
New Yorker Eddie will be celebrating a highly personal day of independence in Paris…. apart from being an acclaimed comedian in America he is also very highly rated by almost every single comedian in the English speaking world. The fact that he books co
medians for the David Letterman show in no way influences the opinion of his peers.
SUSI GOTT AND THE PARIS CATS JULY 10TH
Mirande Country Music Festival
July 9 – 14, 2004
AT LA JAVA
105 rue du fbg du Temple
Erin McKeown + special guest Ken Emerson (and friends Claude Langlois
& Pascal Mikaelian) in Concert
Wednesday, July 7th, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets 20 Euros
Pay by check to: Beer Necessities, 104 quai de Jemmapes, Paris 75010
Jolie Holland and Band in Concert
Monday, July 12, 8:30 p.m.
Tickets 22 Euros
Pay by check to: Beer Necessities, 104 quai de Jemmapes, Paris 75010
Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings
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NEXT MEETING: July 13, 2004 AND EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
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PARIS SOIRÉES PRESENTS
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CONCERT AT CITE DES ARTS – DINNER CHEZ PATRICIA
CONCERT 19h00 – 21h00 SYNESTHESIANS’ SOCIETY:
A talented group of French musicians specilized in American music.
Country, Rock, Jazz and Pop. Cameo Performances by Paris Soirées Friends
At Cité International Des Arts, 18 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris
m° Pont-Marie/St. Paul.
DINNER IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS
14, rue Saint-Louis en L’Ile
After the Concert We’ll Walk Across The Historic Pont Marie Bridge To Ile St Louis And Rue Saint-Louis en L’Ile And Have Dinner At Patricia’s Great New Place.
CONCERT ONLY – 12 EUROS
CONCERT & DINNER – 22 EUROS
GREAT FOOD! International And American Cuisine
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Paris Writers Workshop
Lecture and Reading Series
July 5-8, 2004
Open to the general public — WICE membership not required for this special event.
Readings are free to all. There is a 10 euro fee for the lectures for non-PWW participants. Registration appreciated, walk-ins are possible in the limit of spaces available. Books by the authors will be available before the lectures. For bios on the readers see http://www.wice-paris.org/courses/creative/pww/pww.html.
1. “Making the Perfect Pitch,” agent Katharine Sands, 1:30 p.m., Monday, July 5, WICE
2. “Don’t Write What You See, See What You Write,” scriptwriter Sean Hardie, 1:30 p.m., Tues., July 6, WICE
3. “Concentric Narration: Walking through the Walls of Paris,” poet Stuart Dischell, 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 7, WICE
4. “Taking Note: Journaling for Writers,” writer Mimi Dixon, 1:30 p.m., Thursday, July 8, WICE
5. Chaiti Sen and Marie Houzelle, winners of the Patricia Painton Merit Scholarship; Chris Ames and Laure Millet, writers featured in Upstairs at Duroc, 7 p.m., July 5, WICE
6. PWW Writers in Residence Helen Benedict, Kerry Hardie, Phillip Lopate, 7 p.m., July 6, Village Voice
7. PWW Writer in Residence Katharine Weber and lecturers Sean Hardie and Stuart Dischell, 7:30 p.m., July 8, American Library
All events are subject to modification; call WICE at 01.45.66.75.50 if you have any questions or want confirmation of an event.
Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
Artist Kathy Burke in her beautiful Marais atelier…
245 Euros 3-hour private session
490 Euros 3-hour session with 2 to 6 people
Includes all materials.
For more information, http://www.parisportraits.com, Email [email protected]
The International Living Paris Office Presents Our Upcoming
Conferences to Make Your Dream to Live in France Come True…
If you’ve always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in Paris, enjoying a “pied-à-terre” of your own part of the year or investing in property in France, these power-packed conferences are a
MUST. Hosted by the International Living Paris Office and Adrian Leeds, Editorial Director and Editor of the Parler Paris daily newsletter, these few days will arm you with all the information you need to make it happen! The line-up for the conferences include seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails — with well-known Paris, Europe and U.S.-based experts.
Choose the one that’s right for you!…
*** Working and Living in France
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June 18 – 20, 2004
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*** Living and Investing in France
September 10 – 12, 2004
For more information:
Dinner and Virtual Tour of Paris with Thirza
Walking Tour of French-Speaking DC
Single in the City of Light
(And Loving It!) with Adrian Leeds
*** Working and Living in France
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Learning la Langue Française
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
YOUR FIRST TIME IS FREE! OPEN ALL SUMMER LONG
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
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What’s On in The City of Light
BASTILLE DAY PARADE AND FIREWORKS
July 14th, 2004
Theme: Fraternité et Olympisme”
JARDINS DU TROCADERO
Between the Palais de Chaillot et l’avenue de New York
Paris Jazz Festival – Program 2004
June 5 – July 25, 2004, 3:30 p.m.
Entrance to Parc Floral: 3 euros
Parc Floral de Paris – Esplanade du Château de Vincennes – 75012
RER Vincennes / M° Château de Vincennes
Paris Quartier d’Eté
July 14 – August 15, 2004
249 events in 45 different places around the city
Music in the Courtyard of the Mairie of the 3rd Arrondissement
June 21 – July 14, 2004
June 12 and 13, 2004
Ten free spectacles among the bamboo and roses
Promenade Plantée et Jardin de Reuilly
1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sous la Plage
June 20 – September 19, 2004
Four Sundays and so concerts on the lawns of the Parc André-Citroën
Cinéma en Plein Air à la Villette
July 16 – August 29, 2004
14th edition of free films in the open air on the big inflatable screen at Parc de la Villette
Cinéma au Clair de Lune
August 4 – 26, 2004
Free films in the open air set in appropriate spots in Paris
FIRST ANNUAL WICE BOOK FAIR BENEFIT
In conjunction with Studio Arts Open House
Do you have books to donate? Contribute your books to the Fair and we will pick them up!
Please contact John Baxter at 01.43.54.25.74
Biggest English-Language Weekend Book Fair in Paris
Thousands of Books — starting at 50 centimes
Signed first editions, paperbacks, rare books, children’s books, DVDs, CDs, including books from the libraries of Diane Johnson, Mavis Gallant, C.K. Williams, E.L. Doctrow, Carolyn Kizer, Robert Harris and many more. Not to be missed!
Saturday, October 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. (auction at 6:00)
Sunday, October 17th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
20 bd du Montparnasse