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Wednesday, May 11, 2005
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Dear Parler Paris Reader,
The spring and (soon) the summer is off to a roaring start. I can sense that we won’t have time to do much of anything except enjoy the City of Light like never before.
Yesterday at Parler Paris Après Midi we had a record-breaking attendance. The noise from the animated discussion must have rocked the ground level of the brasserie, but they didn’t complain and neither did we.
Lots of regulars showed up, but there was a large representation of visiting Anglophones. One extraordinary meeting was between friends who hadn’t seen each other since high school — more than 40 years! It was not a coincidental meeting, but a memorable one and a privilege that it took place at Après Midi!
Be sure to read the report on yesterday’s coffee gathering, complete with pictures, by clicking here: /parlerparis/apresmidi.html
Next Monday is Pentecost, another “jour ferier” (holiday) in France and most businesses will be closed. Parisians will “faire le pont” and make a long weekend of it, meaning Paris will be quiet while families gather at their country homes. In spite of the holiday weekend, the Parler Parlor French-English conversation group will be open for conversation on Saturday the 14th. We all agree that Saturday at Eurocentres in Passage Dauphine is the best session of the week — with several groups formed (made up of six part Anglophone, part Francophone) and it’s not unusual to have an unofficial lunch together at a nearby café. It starts at 11 a.m. and you need only show up a few minutes ahead with no reservation. Don’t forget, the first time you come is free, so if you have nothing but an hour-and-a-half of your time to lose if for some reason you don’t enjoy it as much as we do. For the details, visit http://www.parlerparlor.com/
This coming Friday, Parler Paris Conference Coordinator, Schuyler Hoffman, arrives from Seattle to gear up along with me and the staff for the Working and Living in France Conference May 20 – 22. It’s the 9th conference of its kind we’ve done together, in cooperation with John Howell, attorney, a specialist in European property based in London. It’s sure to be enlightening for attendees to learn how to move to France and particularly how to purchase property and make a smart investment here.
Property Manager, Yolanda Robins, has (miraculously) arranged for a small group from the conference to visit some properties in and around the Marais, the Monday following the conference, with one of our best real estate agents. Three days at the conference plus the extra day of property visits is worth at least three months of research! That means a savings of time and money.
There are still a few seats left, so if you want to register before it’s too late, visit /frenchproperty/conference/WLIF_PARIS_2005/WLIF_PARIS_2005_home.html or email Schuyler at [email protected]
If you’re not attending the conference, and want a real taste of life in Paris, take your friends with your packed picnic lunch and spread your blanket or open your folding table and chairs at the Canal Saint-Martin on Sunday the 22nd for the annual “CANAL SE MET À TABLE” (Giant Picnic) between the bridges of La Grange aux Belles and Eugène Varlin. It’s a community blast! For more information, visit http://www.canal-paris10.org
On May 31st, the entire city celebrates “La Fête des Voisins”– when communities unite to get to know one another. One of the most enjoyable and memorable afternoons I’ve spent in Paris was a summer party in the courtyard of my building with my neighbors who we pass daily, but rarely get to know. A pot luck fare was spread on long tables and three-combo musicians playing music s
oftly in the background. I brought a huge bowl of spicy American chicken wings, chuckled as I watched my French “voisin” eat with their fingers and then to actually lick them! They were a big hit. For more information, visit the site (in French) at http://www.immeublesenfete.com and maybe you can organize something on your own, if it isn’t already planned.
When you scroll down, you’ll find lots to do…and this is just a tip of the iceberg of events for Anglophones coming up soon. (If you have a community message you’d like to share with Parler Paris readers, don’t hesitate to send it to [email protected]m)
In the past few days, it’s come up in several conversations, that the city is so alive that it’s impossible to feel lonely or depressed. Of course, this is a broad generalization and I’m not suggesting that everyone is walking on air with an overabundance of glee every minute of their lives in Paris…but with so much to do and so many people to get to know, who has time to feel anything, but thankful to be so lucky to be a part of it all?
I pinch myself every day I’m here.
A la prochaine…
P.S. Coming soon, the May 15th issue of the Parismarais.com Newsletter (monthly and free!), written by yours truly, with all that’s going on in Le Marais. Be sure to subscribe now by visiting http://www.parismarais.com/parismarais-newsletter.htm
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Whiskey Bars is ‘A fast-paced fusion of reality, comedy, music… and a touch of tragedy… a strikingly original, unpredictable singer’s story of attempting a final comeback, fueled by too many vodka martinis and Kurt Weill’s dark and daring songwriting’. Whiskey Bars was awarded ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’ at the Ottawa Theatre Festival, ‘Best Musical Production’ at the Winnipeg Theatre Festival, ‘Best of Venue’ and ‘Best of Festival’ at the Hamilton Theatre Festival and just finished a run at the Festival of Solo Performance in London.
Theatreworld Magazine, London, England said “It takes more than just an expressive voice to really communicate Kurt Weill songs – it takes love, fear, regrets, wistfulness, loneliness, tragedy and charm. And above all, it takes a fine actor. Duthie has it all’. London’s Musical Stages Magazine said “one is seduced by the sheer power and the beauty in this performances”.
You can read more about it at http://www.bremnerduthie.com
Seats are free, donations are welcome for the space.
RESERVATION IMPERATIVE: 06 99 92 58 62 or [email protected]. The atelier only has 60 seats, so call or email to reserve a ticket.
Service with a Smirk.
Destiny, deceit, death, destruction, and Elvis – everything you could want on a Sunday evening!
MAY 15 and 22 at 8 PM
Tickets: 15 euros, reserved groups only 13 euros.
MICHAEL JACKSON, live and on parole in Paris, will be starring in the hilarious comedy, FARCE NOIR! See Michael do dance moves from “Thriller” with Jon Allen Russo and 6 very young boys!
FARCE NOIR debuts this Sunday, runs through May 22, at 8 p.m.
FARCE NOIR-“a comical cocktail with a twist of Hitchcock.”
Tickets: 15 euros, reserved groups only 13 euros. Reservations and Information: 01 44 09 98 68
The greatest woman spy of the century? “The True Life Fiction of MATA HARI”, by Diane Samuels, Tuesday, May 17 to Friday May 20th, 9 p.m.
Presented by Circle the Square,Directed by Sarah Leaf and starring
Cyberact Theatre, 5 passage de Thionville,75019
Laughing matters in Paris presents:
La Compagnie Lester McNutt presents: TREEMONISHA by Scott Joplin Opera in Three Acts Word and music by Scott Joplin Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., through June 19
Théâtre Darius Milhaud 80, Allée Darius Milhaud, 75019 Paris
Dubbed the “King of Ragtime” by his music publisher, Scott Joplin (1868-1917) was a formally educated musician whose popular piano rags inspired him to go on to composition on a larger, far more developed scale and conception. His second opera, Treemonisha, an example of his most serious work, was published in 1911 at his own expense.
The story of a young woman who defies the facts of her social and racial background and works her way up the social ladder, trading on education and non-violence, 40 years before Mahatma Gandhi and 60 years before Martin Luther King. Needless to say that Scott Joplin’s chances of raising money to produce his masterpiece were anywhere from modest to remote.
The New York Times praised Treemonisha as gently imbued with ragtime, aspiring “to genuine operatic richness.”
MOVING PARTS Play Readings Carr’s Pub and Restaurant
Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.
Contact Stephanie Campion at 06.14.67.18.58 to book a reading of YOUR play. June 2005 onwards dates available.
A few events happening in May:
May 12, 7 p.m.
May 16, 8 p.m.
May 17, 7:00 p.m.
May 22, 7:30 p.m.
May 25 at 7:00 p.m.
May 26, 8 p.m.
MAY 26, 7 p.m.
May 31-June 5 –TOWER THEATRE COMPANY-14th ANNUAL SEASON IN PARIS’ Shakespeare production in Paris this summer will be ROMEO and JULIET. performed in English with subtitles in French Performances in the beautiful Théâtre de Verdure, Jardin Shakespeare, Pré Catelan in the Bois de Boulogne will run at the following times: May 31, and June 1 at 12:00 p.m., June 2 and 3 at 7:00 p.m., June 4 at 3:30 and 7:00 and June 5 at 3:30 p.m. Prices for tickets bought at the Théâtre de Verdure box office will be: Adults 15 Euros (Concessions 12 Euros) Children under 12 years of age, 6 Euros. http://www.towertheatre.org.uk/paris.htm
Charles Harvey Trio in Concert
June 2 at 8:30pm
AT THE AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS, Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, Wednesday, June 1, 2005, 8 p.m.
The American School of Modern Music Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Steve Browman presents-Jazz Night
This talented group of musicians will share their passion for that most American of all musical forms. Don’t miss our second annual Jazz Night. And bring your friends!Free and open to the public.
American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007
For more information, please call 01 53 59 12 60 or e-mail [email protected]
In concert, COREY HARRIS
PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI
Next Meeting: June 13th, 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
PARIS NETWORKING COCKTAIL
MAKE CONTACTS FOR BUSINESS, CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SELF-DEVELOPMENT. Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Cocktail Buffet.
Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia)
Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30- 8:30 p.m.
PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.
BUFFET: GOOD WINE. FUN CANAPES. AFTER THE TALK, PASTA OF THE DAY FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO STAY.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
PARIS SOIREES DINNERS EVERY SUNDAY AT 6:30 p.m.
PARIS SOIREES: Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge our 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.
Sunday, May 15th
Location: This week we’re at Patricia’s place on the Ile St. Louis Métro: Sully-Morland (closest) or Pont-Marie.
PARTICIPATION: It’s 20 Euros in an envelope with your name, home telephone and email if we don’t already have it. Please include your card.
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Thanks for reserving via return
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
Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html
British born International Artist, Cara Young, living in Paris for the past 8 years, will hold an exhibition in Paris.
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group http://www.parlerparlor.com
Parlor Times —
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
Sunday Night at the Movies, May 15, 7:30 PM
Joe Smallhoover, former Chair of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad will analyze recent Republican machinations on Capital Hill concerning right-wing appointments, the filibuster, and more, and the Democratic attempts to mobilize against them. Followed by a fascinating film about the “brain” behind the White House machinations.
56 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris (Ring bell marked “Hoban”)
The FRENCH-AMERICAN FOUNDATION – COMIT FRANÇAIS France Fulbright (Association des Anciens)
Invites you to: “Viewing the Social Divide Through the Eyes of the Police,” with Emile PEREZ, Directeur de la formation de la police nationale, Ministère de l’Intérieur and John R. TENNANT,
Tuesday, May 17, 8:00 to 9:30, Cercle The Travellers, 25, avenue des Champs-Elysées,75008, Métro: Franklin Roosevelt
A new novel session by Jennifer K Dick begins May 18th and runs for 6 weeks, from 7-9 p.m. near Opera Métro.
The course will again be very limited to a group of 5-7 to be able to delve deeply into the stories, nonfiction and novel chapters being written. This is a course designed for people who already have work ready to workshop and who are trying to get a sense of a reader’s perception, to work out problems the piece may have or who need a sounding board regarding plot, character development, scene/summary or other issues.
Sessions for Advanced Writers in English in Paris with Kathleen Spivack. Next workshop: Thursday, May 5th These workshops offer a protected time to concentrate intensively on your ongoing writing projects, move them along a bit, and write your head off! Exquisite attention and support for your writing process. Places are extremely limited. Please telephone me in advance to discuss your project and whether this workshop might be right for you. The workshops are professional-and enjoyable! Phone: 01.43.35.10.88
Price: 55 Euros per session (50 Euros per session for former attendees and with early enrollment) Continued professional discussion over (optional) lunch afterward. *Individual private intensive coaching is also available for serious advanced writers who are working toward publication.
Kathleen Spivack is the author of many books of prose and poetry (Doubleday, Graywolf, etc.). Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, she has held NEA, PSA, Bunting, Howard, and numerous other prizes and fellowships; and has been published in over 300 magazines and anthologies (The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, Kenyon, Esquire, Antioch, Agni, Virginia Quarterly, Harvard Review, etc.). Cited by the National Writers” Union as an outstanding writing coach, she teaches throughout the United States and France. Kathleen Spivack’s clients are her best advertisement. They win major prizes and publish widely: NEA, Pitt, Yale, Troubadour, Eugene O”Neil, Prometheus, PSA, Alice James, Bunting, Howard, Ohio, Ragdale, Chicago, Texas, Stanford, St. Martins, Cleveland, Graywolf, Workworks, Rutgers, Viking/Penguin, Simon and Schuster, Knopf, Little Brown, and others. Some are performance artists, songwriters, play and screen writers, choreographers. They staff literary magazines, bookstores, universities, major writers” conferences, communication media (print, television, cinema, radio, and theatre), and publishing houses.
Drawing classes (portrait/life model)
Would you like to learn or improve your drawing skills? Award-winning art director and artist Brett Petrie is holding a weekend intensive portrait/life model drawing class – taught in English – on March 5-6, 2005. The course will provide a relaxed, constructive atmosphere, with practical techniques and ideas that can help break down the barriers to improving drawing skills. Beginners and more accomplished artists are welcome. Class size limited to 15. Fee includes materials and model fees. Call Brett at 01 42 33 76 71 for more details, a brochure (with samples of his own art) by to reserve your place.
The AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS Presents Evenings With An Expert.
Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Evenings With An Expert are free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Just show up.
MAY 24. “The European Union.” How is it governed now, what would the proposed constitution change, and how is the ratification process going to unfold? The expert is Peter Linton, the Brussels-based Europe Chairman of BKSH (the worldwide government relations division of Burson-Marsteller).
JUNE 14. “EU Competition Law.” What are the rules, what are the grey areas, what are the battles, and how does all of that affect us? The expert is Pierre Kirch, Paris- and Brussels-based head of the EU law/competition law practice group of Paul Hastings Janofsky and Walker.
American Library in Paris 10, rue du Général-Camou 75007 Paris Telephone: +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. http://americanlibraryinparis.org
Wine seminars with David Witter, May 5th
Designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of oenology. Class size is limited to encourage informal discussion and exchange of personal observations. Grape varieties within major and less well known wine growing areas of France are discussed and wines from them are tasted and evaluated in a structured manner. Details of each seminar will be posted on my web site several days before each class. I select the wines from those most recently available in Paris. And a wine salon is coming in early April (Porte de Champerret), so I’m holding off till then. For more information see the website for Vignerons Indépendants de France, http://www.vigneron-independant.com
JUNE EVENTS AT THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL OF PARIS TARGET OBESITY
The American Hospital of Paris steps up to the plate in the struggle against obesity. Two free community events in June will feature speakers and provide information on preventing childhood obesity and new insights into diabetes and obesity relating to women’s health.
According to the American Obesity Association, approximately 30% of children 6 to 10 years of age are overweight and 15% are obese, higher than ever before. Childhood obesity can lead to diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases which were once only prevalent among adults.
Saturday, June 4th at 10 a.m.
Obesity plays a significant role in causing poor health in women, negatively affecting quality of life and shortening lifespan. More than half of adult U.S. women are overweight,
June 23rd at 4:00 p.m.
Both events will be held at the American Hospital of Paris Conference Center in the Florence Gould Pavilion.
AMERICAN WOMEN’S GROUP
A few of the MAY opportunities:
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
Please note that there will be no new list the week of March 31. Publication will resume on April 7.
May 23, A Year in the Merde – Stephen Clarke’s hilarious almost true account of life as a Brit in Paris. Monday, May 23 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 (Advanced purchase required) Complimentary appetizers, no-host bar Reservations: Call 415-388-4956 or email to: [email protected]
Thirza Vallois in California/Spring 2005
Thirza Vallois, the author of the internationally acclaimed series, “Around and About Paris” and “Romantic Paris” will be back in California for a series of talks on Paris. If you happen to live in California or passing through, try and make it to one of her events. Enlightenment, pleasure, entertainment will be part of the evening, and lots of stunning slides. Signed copies of her books will be available for purchase during those events.
Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 19, 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, 3:00 pm
ARE YOU FLYING UNITED AIRLINES IN MAY ?
Thirza Vallois’s article on the new Viaduct of Millau and the Aveyron area will be published in United Airlines’ award-winning inflight magazine, Hemispheres, on 1 February 2005. You can read the article through May 2005 on all United Airlines flights.
From 14 to 16 May
From 20 to 23 May, 20th and 11th
21 May, 12th, 3 p.m.
22 May, 12th
22 May, 10th
28-29 May, 20th
28-29 May, 10th
31 May, tout Paris
2 to 12 June, 11th
11 June: carnaval and repas de de quartier de la Butte Bergeyre http://habitants.bergeyre.free.fr
Gay Pride Parade June 25
26 June, 10e: festival Voix sur berges
2 juillet,12th, 6:30 p.m.
22-23 juillet, 6th,18th,13th
WORDS THAT SELL! English 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]
ENGLISH LANGUAGE LESSONS WITH A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR.
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 06.32.20.47.10 or email: [email protected]
Leeds Marais Apartment
Located in a 17th century Le Marais Hotel Particulier, this 70 square meter two-bedroom apartment with lots of light is nicely furnished and is perfect for up to four people when rented in its entirety or a single woman in the freshly renovated guest room when owner Adrian Leeds is there.
Pictures and more details available at /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/leeds.html
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For example: 4-star studios at only 100 Euros per night instead of 140 or a loft rue Charlot at only 800 Euros per week… Visit now! http://www.parismarais.com
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is Après Midi!
Our next gathering is June 13th, 2004.