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Music In The Paris Air

Music is in the Paris air.

Just following this upcoming intensive weekend discussing and learning how to make the move to France at the Working and Living in France Conference (June 18 – 20), we Parisians, Frenchmen and visitors will be gearing up for the longest day of the year and the most melodious.

Every year for the last 23 years, France has celebrated Summer Solstice on June 21st with Fête de la Musique, a festival begun when Maurice Fleuret became Directeur de la Musique et de la Danse in October 1981 and at the request of Jack Lang to have “la musique partout et le concert nulle part” (“music everywhere and the concert anywhere”). At the time, they studied the cultural habits of the French and found that five million people, one out of two being young, play a musical instrument and they dreamed of bringing everyone to the streets to play and celebrate.

No dream now — “La Fête” is the highlight of the Summer.

This year, the theme is “Arts Numériques et Facture Instrumentale” inviting the exploration of the bond which exists between traditional instruments (organs and pianos, accordions, string instruments and woodwinds…) and the new digital instruments.

The festival has taken on such popularity that now more than 120 countries and approximately 250 cities worldwide participate. There are thousands of concerts scheduled in Paris alone…starting in the early afternoon and lasting until the wee hours of the morning…as long as the musicians are willing to play.

The way to best enjoy it? First, you can get the official program of concerts at the Web site (, but it’s difficult as each arrondissement requires a separate search.
“A Nous Paris,” the free Métro newspaper, is the official guide for the event and will distribute 550,000 over the course of the week in about 1000 distribution points in Métro and RER stations. You can scramble to get one or do what I do every year…pick a neighborhood and walk it with friends, stopping wherever the music seems appealing. Of course, this is a bit haphazard and there are concerts sure to miss along the way, but it’s a small price to pay when there’s so much fun to be had.

My favorite neighborhood for La Fête de la Musique? You guessed it…Le Marais. From La Bastille to Place de la République all along boulevard Beaumarchais, there is music on almost every corner. In all the courtyards of the Hôtels Particuliers, including the museums and monuments, there is music. All around the Place des Vosges, Le Centre Pompidou and in every “petite place” there is music. And there is no shortage of street food vendors grilling merguez and kabobs or cafés where you can rest your weary feet over a beer or Kir.

‘Course, music is in every part of Paris, so no matter what neighborhood you choose to wander, you’re sure to catch the “esprit de la fête.”

A la prochaine…

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

P.S. There are still seats available at dinner Friday night at Chez Jenny to hear Thirza Vallois talk about Paris past, present and future. Visit /frenchproperty/conference/wlif/wlif_dinner-tour.html and email Schuyler Hoffman at [email protected] to reserve as soon as possible.

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies


Shakespeare and Company presents a screen adaptation of Ulysses – ‘BLOOM.’ The film, officially released at the end of June, has had incredible reviews. For more information about the film, please check

We recommend that people reserve before by either emailing us at [email protected] or visiting us at the bookstore situated at 37, rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Métro: St Michel/Cluny la Sorbonne. The film will be introduced by the Producer and presented at Cinema Galande, 42, rue Galande, 75005 (only a few minutes walk from the bookstore). The film will be showing this Wednesday at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm and tickets cost 6 euros each.

We look forward to seeing you there!



* 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 fa

ct 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


1 June – 30 July presents

1)”COME TOGETHER – THE BEATLES PROJECT” by Barbara Weber-Scaff, Musical show (BAG PRODUCTIONS) starring: Laure Balon, Thomas Boissy, Andy Chase, Emma Chase,Bertrand Commère, Francois Combarieu,Steve Croce, Caroline Devismes, Xavier Drouot, Yves Galula Bruce Johnson,Manu Riquier,Barbara Scaff.

2) “TALKING HEADS ” by Alan Bennett, Monologues in English starring: Justin Hillier, Mark Downey, Clara McBride, Sara Bartlett, Diane Bertrand, Kim-Michelle Broderick directed by Diane Bertrand

3)”A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” by William Shakespeare in English
starring: Thomas M.Pollard, Mike Dineen, Kim-Michelle Broderick, Sonia Backers, Jesse Joe Walsh, Andy Chase, Brian Quinn, Ronald Crooks, Caroline Nugent, Jon Allen Russo, Mark Downey, Lisa Butler, Stephen Shagov, Stephanie Campion, Theodora Delavault, Eva Schwan, Elaine Newton, Marika Engelhardt, Alan Johnson, Chris Barry, Franck Galiègue, Justin Hillier, Matthew Luret, Maria D’Arcy & Tomoko Yokomitsu

11 rue du Général Blaise
75011 Paris
Métro St. Ambroise:

For further information and to become a sponsor, visit our Web site

(Association Loi 1901, a non-profit cultural organisation)
354 bis rue de Vaugirard
75015 Paris, France
01 48 28 00 46
[email protected]
[email protected]



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”

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For further information contact: or call Stephanie Campion on:

Musical Interludes

102 quai de Jemmapes
Paris 10

Neal Casal in Concert
Sunday, June 20th, 8 p.m.
Tickets 20 Euros
Pay by check to: Beer Necessities, 104 quai de Jemmapes, Paris 75010

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


Thursday, June 17th, from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
with Philipple Nadaud, Joe Makholm, Jacques Vidal, Frédéric Chaperon
10, rue des Rosiers – Paris 4e
Métro : Saint-Paul
Tel : 01 48 87 08 97


Conducted by Hughes Reiner

Tuesday, June 22, 2004, 8:30 p.m.

Tchaikovsky, Strauss, R. Schumann
Soloist Monna Lisa Getzel

Théâtre Mogador
25, rue de Mogador
75009 Paris
Métro Trinité or St-Lazare
Information: or or


at L’Archipel in Paris, the 16th and the 23rd of June, 2004, 8:45 p.m.
directed by Pierre Dyens
17 bd de Strasbourg
75010 Paris

Roger Mason is back after a 20 year absence…! Roger Mason still has what it takes…

He’s coming back to Paris with songs from the wonderful years between 1960 and 1980. He’ll also be bringing new songs and light up the stage with his electric presence and unique way of interpreting what no one else can do with such sensitivity and refined character. He’ll also bring memories of the past plus a view of what we’re likely to see a lot of in the future, or at least we hope so…

Learn more at

Tickets: 15, 12 et 9.5 Euros

Information et reservations Paris: 01 48 00 04 35 ou [email protected],

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


at Historical Chez Jenny!
Friday, June 18th, 2004, 7 p.m.*

Part of the Working and Living in France Conference
Paris, France, June 18 – 20, 2004
But Open to Conference Participants, Their Guests and to Everyone!

Chez Jenny: “An authentic Brasserie with a soul, a style and a history.”

Thirza Vallois, author

of “Around and About Paris,” Volumes I, II and III and “Romantic Paris,” has credentials a mile long and an ability to see history in layers that never ceases to spellbind her audiences during her brilliant lectures. She has agreed give the participants of the Working and Living in France Conference a complete tour of Paris — of all 20 arrondissements — Thirza’s personal account of the past, present and future of Paris.

At the colonial exhibition in 1930, Robert Jenny had a kiosk where he sold produce from his region: salt-pickled cabbage choucroute, sausages and beer. Appreciating Parisian life and noting that the fine Alsatian products attracted the Parisians, this native of Strasbourg sought to set up business in the capital. He found just the right place not far from the place de la République, at number 39 boulevard du Temple. This was the hall where the former Victor ball was held. Did he know that this address had once been that of a Russian restaurant in 1906, then a Belgian restaurant in 1914 ?

The quarter was lively, even though it no longer deserved the reputation of «Crime Boulevard» that it had had in the 18th century, when the plays billed at the many theatres in the area mainly drew inspiration from the items in the news.

Kir Edelzwicker d’Alsace and Canapés
Marbré de Légumes à la Coriandre, Salades Vertes Mélangées or Terrine de Canard aux Olives
Dos de Saumon Rôti Fondue de Fenouil Frais
Crème Brûlée Caramélisée à la Cassonade
Wine or Mineral Water,

Cocktails, Dinner and Virtual Tour of Paris by Thirza Vallois at Chez Jenny is included in the conference price for participants but you and your friends are welcome to join us for $75 each all inclusive.

Chez Jenny
Place de la République, 39 boulevard du Temple
75003 PARIS

*Expect the evening to last till at least 11 p.m.

Reservations and information: If you’d like to know more about the Working and Living in France Conference or reserve your place, email Schuyler Hoffman at :[email protected] or click here to reserve automatically using our online secure server.

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]


This Summer Join Us in Chicago to Discover the Secrets to Becoming a Successful Travel Writer!

Learn how you can earn extra income traveling the world as a VIP, meeting new people and enjoying the freedom and independence of a writer’s life…

June 17-20, 2004
InterContinental Hotel
Chicago, Illinois

Sponsored by The American Writers & Artists Institute
Hosted by the International Living Paris Office

or contact Agora Travel and Conference Services (On behalf of AWAI)
Phone: (800) 926-6575 and (561) 243-6276 Fax: (561) 278-8765
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:

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

Fête de la Musique
June 21, 2004

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

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

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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