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Dancin’ In The Streets Of Paris

Last night Hughes Reiner’s wild and wooly conducting of the Orchestre Pasdeloup playing our favorite Tchaïkovsky symphonies had us smiling, laughing and jumping in our seats along with his on-stage antics. This came on the heels of Monday evening’s Fête de la Musique. You’d think Parisians would have had their fill of music, but they still packed the Théâtre Mogador for Reiner who brings life to the performances much like Leonard Bernstein. I the lead cellist was the same young musician who soothed the crowd in the lovely vine-covered courtyard of the Hôtel Sully, but I’m not sure. For sure, though, is that I’ll keep you posted on upcoming performances.

This coming August Paris is losing its principal conductor of the Paris National Opera, American James Conlon, who was awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest distinction, in September 2002. Only three other Americans have received the honor in the past: Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein and Lorin Maazel. Napoleon created the award in 1802 to recognize citizens who’d made significant cultural, scientific or social contributions to France. It has since been expanded to include people who aren’t from France.

Fête de la Musique was everything we anticipated and more. In spite of the drizzle and cool evening, it seemed that all of Paris was in the streets to take advantage of the melodic notes. As we strolled from one ensemble to the next in the cobblestoned courtyards, street corners and squares of the Marais, I couldn’t help but hum the lyrics of Laura Nyro’s popular song “Dancing in the Streets” all the while —

This is an invitation
Across the nation
A chance for the folks to meet
There’ll be laughin’ and singin’ and music swingin’
And dancin’ in the streets

And dance they did…at the Place des Vosges…at the Place du Marché Sainte Catherine…all along rue des Archives…in the courtyard of the Mairie of the 3rd arrondissement…and everywhere we went…

All we need is music, sweet music
There’ll be music everywhere
There’ll be swingin’, swayin’ and records playin’
And dancin’ in the streets

The next organized festival we can count on for merriment and dancing in the streets is just around the corner…the annual Gay Pride Parade this Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at place Denfert-Rochereau arriving at place de la Bastille via boulevards Denfert-Rochereau, St-Michel, St-Germain and Henri IV.

Every year I grab a seat along with friends at Café Français at place de la Bastille to watch the parade spill onto the place in all its glory. The parade is guaranteed fun and guaranteed to make you laugh. Expect to see things that may make you blush. Wear your rainbow colors and get into the spirit…regardless of your sexual bend…nobody cares! For more information, visit and

And if all that isn’t enough the official “Soldes d’Eté” (summer sales) start today and go right through July 24th. Hit the stores for this summer’s best bargains, before there’s little left to choose from.

A la prochaine…

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

P.S. A word from a reader about “accumulators” (from Friday’s newsletter about the Paris Tramway):

“Accumulateur” is French for “(storage) battery”. “Accumulator” isn’t the right English word. There are (mainly) two different types of batteries, referred to as primary (single-use, which the French sometimes refer to as “générateurs d’énergie”) and secondary (rechargeable, or storage). Most consumers are more familiar with (primary) batteries that they put in a radio, use until spent, and then throw out. With the advent of mobile phones, the general public has become more familiar with rechargeable (storage) batteries. These are also the storage devices that produce lights when the third rail on the metro goes off. And many other applications. John L.D.

Thanks, John!

Further resources:

* Practice speaking FRENCH…Parler Parlor is the best way to learn French and meet new people.

* An American in Paris provides personalized escorted tours of Paris to individuals, couples, and small groups from around the world. Begin your Adventure today!

* He tells it all in this candid, fun, tongue-and-cheek out-of-the-closet guide to Gay and Lesbian Paris.


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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies

Attack of The Improfessionals

An amazing! exciting! spectacular! double feature on
Friday 25th of June – 20h30 at Le Bout (Pigalle).
Show in English

– Confirm your fears and wildest fantasies: there IS something out there. An unknown threat to the world! Is it creatures from space or man-made monstrosities? Be amongst the first to know…

– The survivors will be treated to a soothing musical: overflowing human hearts spill out in song to improvised music by our piano maestro Tim Byrne. A musical doesn’t get more fresh than this!

It all happens at:

Théâtre Le Bout
6 rue Frochot
75009 PARIS – M° Pigalle
Tél: 01 42 85 11 88

Ticket price: 9 euros

Want to know more about the Improfessionals? Visit our

A new run of shows at Les 7 Lézards starts on July 7th. We’ll keep you up to date!



* 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 comedians for the David Letterman show in no way influences the opinion of his peers.

Book all shows by calling or by email
[email protected] or



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

27th June Mary Bruton Sandifer “Hunting Season”
12th September Barratt Walton “Buddha’s Aunt”

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

Literarily Speaking

Red Hot Poetry from Vermont, USA! with award-winning poets Ethan Gilsdorf and Neil Shepard

Monday, June 28, 2004, 8 pm, Shakespeare and Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 5th, Paris


A Paris resident for the year, Neil Shepard has published two books of poetry: Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award winner, Mid-List Press, 1993) and I’m Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998). His poems appear in many magazines, among them American Voice, Boulevard, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, New England Review, North American Review, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, Southern Review, and Triquarterly. He founded the Writing Program at the Vermont Studio Center and directed it for many years. He is the Editor of the literary magazine Green Mountains Review and teaches in the creative writing program at Johnson State College in Vermont.

Ethan Gilsdorf has lived in Paris since 1999. His poems can be seen in Poetry, The Southern Review, The North American Review, The Massachusetts Review, and Poetry London. The former poetry editor of the New Delta Review and Paris-based Frank, he makes his living as a freelance journalist and critic for such publications as Time Out, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Fodor’s travel guides and the Christian Science Monitor. He is the recipient of grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Studio Center, and received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Louisiana State University.

Musical Interludes

102 quai de Jemmapes
Paris 10

Darden Smith in Concert
Monday, June 28th
Tickets 20 Euros
Pay by check to: Beer Necessities, 104 quai de Jemmapes, Paris 75010

105 rue du fbg du Temple
Paris 10

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

Reservations for all concerts FNAC/VIRGIN etc.
Book all shows by calling or by email
[email protected] or

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

Parler Paris Après-Midi

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. No Après Midi Meeting in 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 Mét



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]

Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

Executive Presence Workshop June 26/27, 2004
with Madeleine BARCHEVSKA

“You can rapidly improve your personal and professional life by clarifying the signals you send out to the world. This learning will bring
you to that capacity.” — Madeleine Barchevska, M.A.

Inviting You to Explore … “Behind the Mask”

Increased business effectiveness, confidence, clarity and impact are the results of this training. Designed for executives and top management, this is a high-performance learning experience which enhances personal impact, accelerates development of personal style, and minimizes stress.

The mask is an ancient tool of liberation. It magnifies perception and puts us in direct contact with the flow of our nervous system and our impulse to respond to life. Knowledge from both life sciences and theatre arts fuel this training. It is both direct and indirect, deep and engaging, and contributes immediately to success at a dynamic executive level.

Madeleine Barchevska has developed an award-winning approach to training which is profound, accelerated, fascinating and which gives immediate results in all areas of life. Barchevska takes the essence of artistic and scientific knowledge and custom-designs training for the specific needs of each individual within the group. This can be a memorable learning experience for each participant.

Saturday evening, June 26, 2004 19:00 – 22:00 &
Sunday, June 27, 2004 10:00- 13:00 (Total : 6h)

Where: Atelier 44, 159 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
Course Limit: 9

Course Price: 85 Euros per participant

Reservations: [email protected]
or by phone at 01 47 57 70 86.

To Confirm Your Place:
Send a check for 50 Euros before June 22
to Madeleine Barchevska
67, bd. Bineau
92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine

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]

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
Paris, France
Home Plazza Bastille
June 18 – 20, 2004
For more information:

*** Living and Investing in France
Washington, DC
September 10 – 12, 2004
Washington, DC
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
Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Fall 2004

*** Read what our past participants have to say about our Paris Office
Conferences and Tours…

Reservations and information:

If you’d like to know more about the conferences or reserve your
place, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html or
email Schuyler Hoffman: Special Conference Coordinator
Toll Free in the U.S. 1-877-457-2747
Email: [email protected]

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group


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


Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.

14 rue Lafayette, 4th Floor
9th arrondissement, Paris
Métro Chaussée d’Antin, Opéra,
RER A Auber

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

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

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

Gay Pride Parade
June 26, 2004
Starts 2 p.m. at place Denfert-Rochereau arriving at place de la Bastille via boulevards Denfert-Rochereau, St-Michel, St-Germain and Henri IV.arriving at place de la Bastille


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 Qu

artier d’Eté
July 14 – August 15, 2004
249 events in 45 different places around the city

Soirs d’Eté
Music in the Courtyard of the Mairie of the 3rd Arrondissement
June 21 – July 14, 2004

Coulée Douce
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

Special Announcements

Sunday, June 26, from 12-4 PM
Register to vote!
Fill in your post card application
to receive your absentee ballot.

We’ll be there to help you at the home of John Morris
56 rue des Tournelles, 75003

Métro Chemin Vert or Bastille
(ring bell marked Hoban)


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

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
75015 Paris
Métro Duroc


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