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Chocoholics Unite In Paris

I woke up this morning thinking I would write about chocolate since I’m planning to attend the Salon du Chocolat tonight. But, then my inbox was overflowing with mail in response to Monday’s newsletter and one was of particular interest. (More about chocolate later.)

If you didn’t have a chance to read it or want to refresh your memory, click on /parlerparis/issues/pparis25-10-04.html

Monday’s article makes no political statement whatsoever, although it does report on what I and others have discovered. I quoted statements others made in open, published forums — as their opinions, not mine. And I love that you readers really do read and let your emotions run high! From the dozens of letters I received, it is clear that in this election, the sides are violently opposed. It frightens me, however, that we Americans can be so far apart in basic ideology.

One very important letter comes from Robert R. Pingeon, the Chairman of Republicans Abroad France. Like a resumé, he noted all the activities the organization has participated in related to voter registration. I was certainly unaware of them…perhaps I’m just not on his mailing list?? And there was so little on the Internet — barely his contact information. I publish information from all non-profit organizations that inform me of their activities as a community service in Wednesday’s Community Calendar, but he nor anyone else has yet to send them to me. I welcome it in all fairness to both sides. M. Pingeon, please be my guest!

Now, on a more delectable topic — French chocolate. Being the chocoholic that I am, I jumped at the chance to attend the opening of the annual “Salon du Chocolat!” Starting tomorrow at 10 a.m.
(till 9 p.m.) you’ll be able to spend hours, even days, discovering the world’s best chocolate producers, both large and small. Continuing through November 1st at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, there is expected to be over 20 ongoing demonstrations and plenty of opportunities for tasting. Tickets are 11 Euros for one day of chocolate immersion and you can bet I’m planning on have a totally chocolate dinner tonight!

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
E-mail: [email protected]

P.S. After election night, gather with even more Americans the following night at Bennye Mathews’ Thanksgiving Taster — A Night of Soul Food and Gospel Music inaugurating Mother Mathews’ Restaurant. Scroll down for more information.

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Calendar #30
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Paris, France

If you wish your community announcement to be listed in the Parler Paris Previews, please provide the text in ENGLISH just as you’d like it to appear and send it to Erin Zaleski at [email protected] We reserve the right to edit as necessary.

Thank you, Adrian

Strictly Entertainment:
Comedy, Plays, Movies

One World Actors Productions

English/French & World Theatre Season

From October 19th, 9:00 p.m. and every Tuesday

TWO by Jim Cartwright, British Comedy in English

Theatre Darius Milhaud
80 allée Darius Milhaud
75019 Paris
Métro: Porte de Pantin, Sortie 4 “rue Eugène Jumin”
Bus: PC2, PC3 arrêt Porte de Chaumont & bus n°75
Parking: Cité de La Musique

One World Actors Productions
E-mail: [email protected]
06 26 10 48 48


Moving Parts Play Readings In English

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

November 7th, Linda Healey “Masks”
November 21st, Jon Allen Russo “Farce Noir”
December 5th, Wilson December “Don’t be Daft”

To receive the monthly mailings email [email protected]
For further information contact: or call Stephanie Campion on:


Théâtre Pixel presents…

Bus Stop by William Inge

“In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked and four weary travelers are going to have to hole up until morning…”
Come see the play the New York Times calls “an uproarious comedy that never sways from the truth.”

18 Rue Championnet, 75018 Paris, Métro: Simplon
14 euros/9.50 euros for students and unemployed


Stand Up Comedy

Carey Marx

October 31st & November 2nd 8:30 p.m.

A former magician, Marx now concentrates on tricks of the verbal kind, using the conjurer’s trick of misdirection to ensure the quirky punchlines come unexpectedly out of leftfield. Offbeat, and sometimes off-colour, he finds comedy in the most unconventional of places, he crafts a sharp and original set full of surprises. He cleverly manages to be childish and knowing at the same time, neither pandering to the lowest denominator nor wearing his intelligence on its sleeve.
Tickets: 17 & 15 euros

Reginal D Hunter

November 22nd & November 23rd 8:30 p.m.

The black american 2 time perrier nominated politically incorrect stand-up makes his Paris debut.
Originally from the Deep South of the USA, Reg is one of the good guys of comedy.
A hypnotic, smooth-talking, very human comedian who hits your funny bone with tales of love, hate, death and all that is in between.
Tickets: 20 & 17 euros

Un Demie Sciecle d’Arthur Smith

November 28th, 8:30 p.m

Arthur Smith celebrates his 50 years of grumpy existance with a bevy of friends who will all be in Paris to help him blow out 4 score and 10 candles in the Hotel du Nord on saturday night before taking to the stage for a show on sunday.

Hôtel du Nord
102 quai de Jemmapes Paris 10
For more information visit:



Ecole Internationale de Création audiovisuelle & de Réalisation

Saturday October 30th

EICAR’s International Section invites all English speaking actors to attend
an open casting call for several 35mm, super 16mm and dv film projects.

Contact the International Department:
[email protected]
Tel: 01 53 79 10 00

Literary Events

Alesian Literary Salon By Toby Brothers

November Salons finalized!
Sign up now for the November Literary Salon, designed to guide participants through a classic text in 6-8 weekly sessions. Toby Brothers, Salon Director, provides loads of background information, historical and social context, essays of literary criticism and definitions of literary terms. The discussions are energized with questions and propositions that allow all, from the most fervent academic to the analysis neophyte, to participate. 2004 Fall Salons: Hamlet, Midnights’ Children, Beloved and Invisible Man.
Sign up soon- each session is limited to 10 participants.

Monday Evenings 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Beloved Starting Nov. 8th

Tuesday Afternoons 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Short Stories Starting Nov. 9th

Tuesday Evenings 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Hamlet Starting Nov. 9th


Call or email [email protected] for more information.


Live Poets Society

October 29th
A reading by Michael Andre, editor of The Unmuzzled Ox, a lengendary art lit mag from NYC.
Galerie EOF
15 rue St. Fiacre, 75002. Métro: Bonne Nouvelle
Info: [email protected]



Her second collection of poems is available at the Village Voice Bookshop and through Small Press Distribution.

FLUORESCENCE by Jennifer K Dick
Winner of the contemporary poetry series 2004, the book will be available at local stores such as Red Wheelbarrow, also amazon & spd or directly from UGA Press.
See samples and dates/directions for USA readings all this fall 2004 at:

Long Poem “Best Love & Goodbye”, by Margo Berdeshevsky, is just out in new NIMROD International.
Order Nimrod directly from [email protected] or:
Nimrod International Journal, 600 S. College Ave.Tulsa, OK 74104
Tel: (918) 631-3080

SHEETS FOR MEN ONLY (Dancing Ink Press, 2004) is an anthology of men’s poetry edited by L. Claire Kincannon.
It includes Paris writers William Strangmeyer and Moe Seagar as well as writers such as Anselm Hollo and others from the states.
Order on or from [email protected]

Kevin Higgin’s essay ‘Poetry, Politics & Dorothy Gone Horribly Astray’ is now available on London-based website

Justin announces the dawn of his new blog
As he says: “a place where I chronicle, in words and photos, my life in Paris, theater, abject poverty (self-selected), and trying to study with Theatre du Soleil.”

Exhibitions, Vernissages and Fairs

Paris Muse: Italians in Paris

Primaticcio: Master of Fontainebleau
Rosso: The Dead Christ
Musée du Louvre
Open everyday, except Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Open late nights on Wednesday and Friday until 9:45 p.m.

Veronese Profane until January 30th
Musée du Luxembourg
19, rue de Vaugirard, 6ème
Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This exhibition will be open on December 25th and January 1st

Cracking “The Da Vinci Code”

This tour is available when the Louvre is open; every day except Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Open late night on Mondays and Wednesdays until 9:45 p.m.
Paris Muse offers private guided tours in the great art museums of Paris. Visit to find out more.

For more information visit:

Musical Interludes

La Fontaine has free jazz concerts Monday through Saturday nights!

Don’t miss Rick Margitza on Monday nights (from 9:30 p.m.), one of New York’s jazz legends who played with Miles Davis for 20 years, playing on the 18th and 25th.

20 rue de la Grange-aux-Belles, 10th, Métro: Colonel-Fabien


Boo Hewerdine in concert

November 16th, 8:30 p.m.

One of England’s finest singer-songwriters whose beautifully crafted songs have been recorded by Eddi Reader, kd lang & Natalie Imbruglia, he’s written with Darden Smith & Clive Gregson, had music featured in films such as Fever Pitch & TwentyFourSeven, produced the Corr’s and Nick Hornby is a friend and fan.
His records – like many worthy things – remain individual and refined items demanding an acquired taste. (Mojo)
There are too few singer/songwriters who get their feelings to move about as naturally as water, and this is one. (The Independent)

20 euros

Willard Grant Conspiracy

November 30th, 8:30 p.m.

22 euros

La Java
105 rue du Fg du Temple Paris 10
Reservations fnac/virgin etc

Goûtes for Gourmands

The 10th annual Salon du Chocolat

Come experience a movable feast featuring the food of the gods!
October 28th-November 1st 2004
Porte du Versailles exposition hall #5. Entrance is 10 euros–5 euros for kids 3-12 years old.


Thanksgiving Taster

A Night of Soul Food and Gospel Music inaugurating Mother Mathews’ Restaurant
The 20 odd items on the menu include everything from Turkey and cornbread dressing to Squash Morvillier to Banana pudding to Chocolate layer cake, yum!
November 3rd, 2004 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
American Cathedral, 23 Av George V
Admission: 30 euros
All tickets must be purchased in advance:

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

Parler Paris Après-Midi /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: November 9th, 2004 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3 p.m. to 5 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


Paris Soirée Dinners Every Sunday

Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. She hosts a 21st Century Paris Salon where you meet interesting people in Paris and have a lot of fun. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. For reservations or to be on the mailing list: call 01 43 26 12 88 or write [email protected]

Saturday October 30th – Paris Soirées Halloween Party. 20h00 – Midnight. Dancing. Great
Food. Music Program. Costumes. Fun. Kids welcome! (Kids under 12
free.) 22 Euros.
Reservations: [email protected]

MARK YOUR CALENDAR. Sunday 7 November PARIS SOIREES DINNER: Featuring Adrian Leeds, Parler Paris/French Property
Insider. Paris Property Search Specialist:
“Investing In Paris Property: What’s Hot and What’s Not”


Paris Network Cocktails Every Wednesday

Hosted by Patricia Laplante-Collins…


Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development.

At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis: 14 rue St Louis en L’Ile, 75004 Paris.
The Métros are Sully-Morland (closest) and Pont-Marie.
Farther away is St. Paul.

15 euros and lots of business cards.


Thanks for reserving via return email! Or call Patricia:

Patricia’s Tel:
E-mail: [email protected]



27 Years Of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes

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

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


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

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, [email protected]

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris

Join us at the Parler Parlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form conversation with native French and English speakers. Practice speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in groups of six to eight, each in its own acoustically sound private room.

Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations

Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Berlitz Opera
38 Avenue de l’Opéra
2nd arrondissement, Paris
Opéra, RER A Auber

Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

At Eurocentres
13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine),
6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership And General Information
Email: [email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel: 01 44 19 76 61
Adrian Leeds, Tel: 01 40 27 97 59

What’s On in The City of Light

Mois de La Photo
October 29th – November 29th, 2004

Paris Photo
November 11th -14th, 2004
Carrousel du Louvre

Fête des Frères et Soeurs
November 6th and 7th, 2004

Astro-Paris by Eric Francis
The Flyby and the Grand Quintile

Those who are space watchers or news watchers may have noticed that Tuesday, Oct. 27 was the historic flyby of the Cassini Space Probe past Titan, the great moon of Saturn. What most people don’t know is that part of the Cassini mission, a cooperative effort of the European Space Agency, the Italian Space Agency and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA’s contractor) is being run from just outside Paris at L’Observatoire de Meudon. Tomorrow I will be visiting the observatory and interviewing Dr Athena Coustenis, a long-time scholar of Titan, who is in charge of three experiments on the mission, including two on the Huygens Space Probe that will be dropped from Cassini to Titan in early January. I’ll have more on that interview, and a first-hand look around the laboratory and its magnificent outdoor facilities, next week in Astro-Paris.

News from the world of astrology is just as big. Overnight tonight is the historic total eclipse of the Moon in Taurus. Eclipses themselves always feel a bit momentous, but the reason this one is historic is that it comes with a G

rand Quintile aspect, that is, a five-pointed star that links together Jupiter, Pluto, Uranus, the Moon and Saturn.

The eclipse is responsible for a lot of the tense, uneasy pressure that many people are feeling. Eclipses always feel a little edgy. This one happens to be unusually intense because it’s a total eclipse and because it’s in one of the Moon’s own signs, Taurus. But the results should far exceed the costs, based on the presence of the Grand Quintile, which is an aspect that says, in a word, FLOW. This is really a time, despite all control impulses to the contrary, to go with the flow.

Scorpio Birthdays This Week

Healthy relationships change, and change regularly. A total lunar eclipse around the time of your solar return, placed in your opposite sign Taurus, says strongly that you need to move with the changes that have entered one particularly close relationship. It may seem like you are not the one who is changing; you have all the evidence that your partner is. But in fact your whole idea of what it means to relate to another person is being completely revised by several deep inner shifts that are all your own. Be grateful that the progress in the lives of those close to you is allowing you to grow and become the person you need to be. Keep checking in; update your files every day, because that’s how fast we change. This is the mark of sanity.

Read more at Planet Waves, including a twice-daily web log and truly excellent weekly and monthly horoscopes by ERIC FRANCIS. Visit Eric is also available for in-person consulting, talks and presentations in Paris.

Community Announcements

Democrats Abroad

Thursday, October 28th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Only 5 days before the American Presidential elections,
the Group “Amérique du Nord” of the ESCP-EAP Alumni Association invites you to
“The United States future under George W. Bush or John Kerry”

1st Debate: Young Dems versus Young Republicans
2nd Debate: Robert Pingeon, Chairman of Republicans Abroad Europe & France and: j2999eph Smallhoover, Member of Democratic National Committee in Washington and Past Chairman of Democrats Abroad France

79 Avenue de la Republique 75011 Paris Métro: Saint Maur
Due to limited availibility, RSVP ASAP to guarantee seating: [email protected],

A 5 euro contribution will be requested at the door and
an open cash bar will be available after the event.

Thursday, October 28th, at 8:00 p.m.
Diane Johnson and All That Jazz
Author of Le Divorce, Le Marriage and L’Affaire, among others, will recite her now-famous lyric poem, “Make the Pie Higher,” based entirely on the words of George W. Bush, with piano accompaniment by Lauranna Mitchelmoore.
Fundraising dinner and recital, some jazz music, and some political talk, at La Main d’Or,
9 Passage de la Main d’Or, 75011 Paris
RSVP or [email protected]

Contribution 100 Euros per Person or more is welcome!
Send check made payable to Democrats Abroad or credit card information before September 15 to Jane Donaldson, 65, rue de la Fontaine, 75016, Paris.
RSVP: or [email protected]


Election Watch

Joe Allen Restaurant
30, rue Pierre Lescot, 1st
On the big screen TV from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. serving food throughout the night for 25 Euros.
Email [email protected]

AARO (Association of Americans Residing Overseas), Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad
At Planet Hollywood 78, avenue des Champs-Elysées, 8th
Midnight on November 2nd to 6 a.m.
All Night Buffet 75 Euros
Includes three drinks.
Democrats Abroad: or [email protected] Republican Abroad: or [email protected]


Family Health Day

SATURday, NOVEMBER 13TH 2004 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Organized by: The American Hospital of Paris, Health Network Int’l, Message Mother
Support Group and the Women’s Institute of Continuing Education

This is event for the English Speaking Community will include
lectures on:

Accidents and Emergencies
Childcare in paris
Vaccination Schedules
History of the American Hospital

Also speak with doctors, meet with health groups and professional,
tour the hospital and more.

Limited Seating! Free Admission! Sign Up Today!

American Hospital of Paris
63 Boulevard Victor Hugo
92202 Neuilly-sur-Seine

All questions and registration call
Rebecca Allaigre – American Relations Coordinator
[email protected]


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