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Paris: The Most Happening Place on the Planet

Dimitri Fleury, Web designer, at the Salon du Chocolat

Paris: The Most Happening Place on the Planet

Parler Paris Previews…
A Weekly Community Calendar for English-Speaking Paris

Calendar #80

Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Paris, France

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Dear Parler Paris Reader,

At the end of Leonard Pitt’s enthralling presentation about Haussmannian Paris past and present at the Living and Investing in France Conference this past weekend, as a premier chocoholic himself, he ended his talk with an invitation to a chocolate talk/tasting event he is sponsoring in the Bay Area very soon. He waved several chocolate bars in the air, the scent wafting throughout the room.

It reminded me that while we were talking about chocolate, the annual Salon du Chocolat ( was taking place in Paris and we were missing it. I was further reminded when Web designer of, Dimitri Fleury, sent me this “torturous” photo of himself biting in this enormous chocolat wafer topped with assorted nuts — it must have been absolutely decadently delicious. I am so jealous, I can’t stand it.

The Salon du Chocolat is just ONE of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of events that Paris has to offer every single year for every sort of “phile” (one that loves or has a strong affinity or preference for…), whether for chocolat, wine, cheese, cars, etc., etc…. It’s one of the things I love most about living in Paris — as there is a never-ending stream of things to do to enrich one’s life.

At the same moment as Dimitri’s photo landed in my in-box, my “little birdie” at the City Hall of Paris who keeps me informed on everything happening in the City of Light, sent me the coming year’s list of events, further supporting my sentiments about Paris as the most happening place on the planet, with a concrete listing of what we can look forward to the rest of 2005, all of 2006 and even some planned for 2007. I’m marking the calendar NOW, so I won’t miss out. You should, too. Here are some of my favorites:

John Lennon, Unfinished Music
From 20 October 2005 to 25 June 2006
MUSEE DE LA MUSIQUE — 19th arrondissement
Bookings: 33 (0)

Mois de la Photo
From 1 November to 30 November 2006

Le Douanier Rousseau, Les Jungles
From 13 March to 19 June 2006
MUSEE D’ORSAY — 7th arrondissement
Bookings: 33 (0)

From 1 March to 31 May 2006
MUSEE D’ORSAY (Museum nave) — 7th arrondissement

Reopening of the Musée de l’Homme
From 10 January to 15 February 2006
MUSEE DE L’HOMME — 16th arrondissement
Bookings: 33 (0)

Mondial de l’Automobile
September 2006
PARIS EXPO — PORTE DE VERSAILLES — 15th arrondissement

International Agricultural Fair
From 25 February to 05 March 2006
PARIS EXPO — PORTE DE VERSAILLES — 15th arrondissement

International Paris Air Show
June 2007

Rugby World Cup 2007
From 7 September to 20 October 2007

Opening of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine
From 1 January to 1 November 2007
PALAIS DE CHAILLOT — 16th arrondissement

Be sure to scroll down for a comprehensive list and stay tuned by always reading Parler Paris Previews…and have a great time in Paris while I’m in the Big Apple until next Monday.

A la prochaine…







Adrian Leeds

Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

P.S. As you read this, I am be standing before a group of eager investors at the Invest in France Seminar at the Harvard Club of New York City. We have author, publisher, and editor of dozens of books addressing the subjects of architecture, landscape architecture, and garden design, James Grayson Trulove, to thank for this prestigious venue, a long-standing member and Harvard graduate. James will be among the many attendees, as he is also an accomplished investor in Paris property — the proud owner of two apartments, one on each island in the Seine that he rents as vacation properties, quite successfully. We will be holding the same seminar in Paris on December 28th, 2005. If you’re interested, be sure to email Schuyler Hoffman at [email protected]

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Calendar #80
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

Laughing Matters In Paris presents Stand-Up Comedy at La Java

November 8 and 9 – Adam Hills (Australia)
November 21 and 22 – Jeremy Hardy (England) (22 and 20 euros)
December – Stewart Lee (England)

La Java
105, rue Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris


MOVING PARTS presents:

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

Plays in English
*Monday, October 31 – Hallowe’en Special Event in conjunction with Lance
Tait and Theatre Metropole: plays based on short stories by Edgar Allen Poe

November 6 – Lance Tait, New one-act plays
November 20 – Lance Tait, “A Psychoanalysis of Patricia Yang”
November 27 – Yelena Moskovich, “The Planting Land”
December 4 – Chantal Rosas Cobian, “Venus on Vacation”
December 18 – N.C.Heikin, “Hitler’s Favorite Play”
February 12 – Peter Kujawinski, “Remembering Abraham”

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January 15 – Chantal Rosas Cobian, “Venus on Vacation”
February 5 – Emilie Dujat and Heike Brunner, “New York City: mode d’emploi”

Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play. January 2006 onwards available dates. Program subject to change. Latest version always available at or send an e-mail to Stephanie on [email protected] to receive the monthly mailings. For further information contact Stephanie Campion at


Cirque Plume
Plic Ploc
September 21 to November 27

For over twenty years now, the Cirque Plume has enchanted audiences with its lively and colorful performances, full of music and poetry.

This well-known circus troupe is on tour in France and throughout Europe to present its latest creation, “Plic Ploc,” arriving in Paris this autumn at the Espace Chapiteaux of the Parc de la Villette. Make sure you catch this new show on the theme of drops of water and the musical sound they make. The actors, equipped with wellingtons, mops and umbrellas, go on a musical tour through a world populated by taps and hosepipes. From fountains and geysers to showers, we are promised a veritable ballet of acrobatics, contortions and somersaults.

Parc de la Villette
211, avenue Jean-Jaurès 75019 PARIS
Métro: Porte de Pantin


Dance: The Match
Wednesday, October 26 to Friday, October 28, 8:30 p.m.

Legendary American choreographer and director Deborah Hay’s intense dance-theatre
composition “The Match” takes place entirely within a space of silence.

Centre Pompidou, rue Beaubourg, 75014 Paris
Métro: Rambuteau
Entry: 9.50 euros to 14 euros



The smash hit musical revue (1847 performances in its original Off-Broadway run) opens in Paris on November 7, 2005. It will be performed in “cabaret” style on the river Seine aboard the show boat “La Balle au Bond.”

25 Brel songs adapted into English by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman have been staged and choreographed by Tracy Darin and will be performed by Bill Dunn, Bremner Duthie, Alexis Kendrick and Lorin Milano
with back-up from Rupert Wates and Sarah Lloyd. Musical direction is by James Burn.

Every Monday night at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) through December 12th. Will reopen January 16, 2006.

Admission is 12 euros and 10 euros with a ONE DRINK MINIMUM (5-8 euros).
No smoking is permitted.

55, Quai de la Tournelle, 75005 PARIS
Métro: Maubert-Mutualité or RER Boulevard-St. Michel – Notre Dame

Info and reservations:
[email protected]

PS: Opening night is sold out


The Drama Ties season of English Theatre is about to begin…

The Quest for the Gorgon’s Head

Our new show, a group creation, based on the Perseus and Medusa myth.

Monday 28 November – 2 p.m. – Comédie Bastille, Paris 11e
Monday 5 December – 10 a.m. – Comédie Bastille, Paris 11e
Sunday 11 December – 5 p.m. – Salle St Léon, Paris 15e

Snow White’s Black Heart
Second season for the pantomime with a difference.
Monday 5 December – 14h – Comédie Bastille, Paris 11e

Tickets: 9 euros/13 euros

Reservations: or [email protected]

Storylines, teacher’s guides, photos and videos of the shows at

Art and Culture

Rue Des Artists
Exposition d’Art Urbain

10 “URBAN ARTISTS” including Jérôme Mesnager, Speedy Graphito, Jef Aerosol, Mosko et Associés, Noart, Guillaume Piechaud, Artiste-Ouvrier, 6lex and Isbach and of course, our friend “Amour.”

Galerie Anne Vignial is now “the only place in Paris where you can find Urban Artists permanently.”

Galerie Anne Vignial
53 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
[email protected]
Tuesday to Friday 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Un Amour de Paris
September 21 to December 11
Musée Carnavalet

This exhibit celebrates the work of British photographer Dorothy Bohm who dedicated her lifes work to her love of the City of Lights. The exhibit showcases over 60 years of work through more than 150 photographs and offers a wonderful look into Parisian life. In both black and white and color images we are able to see a collection that the artist herself describes as an act of love. A true love story that many visitors can surely relate to.

Musée Carnavalet – Musée de l’Histoire de Paris
23, rue Sévigné, 75003, Paris


“Première a Paris”
Photography by Jan Hanson
Until November 10

San Francisco photographer Jan Hanson invites those of you who will be in Paris this fall to visit her photo exhibit at ArtSpace at WICE.

The exhibit features Jan’s display of stunning photos of Paris by night and mouthwatering close-ups of food by day, as well as a few surprise images added for good measure.

20, boulevard du Montparnasse, 75015, Paris
Métros: Duroc and Falguière

For more information, contact Jan Hanson at [email protected]



The premier space in France dedicated to the ancient and contemporary art of Africa and the Caribbean.

Brazil: African Heritage
September 22, 2005 to March 26, 2006

Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. closed Tuesdays
Entrance: 6 euros

Brazil and the Black Americas: A Comparative Approach
Thursday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Entrance: Free
For reservations call

35 rue Paul Valéry, 75016 Paris


Cirque Africain
Circa Zamba

When the circus makes history!

Sunday October 30 at 3 p.m.
La Compagnie Chapiteau d’Afrique
Admission: Children under 12 – 8 Euros, Adults – 10 Euros


Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain
October 27 to November 1

Recycling is the theme explored this year in the Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain held in the Place de la Bastille – already a source of inspiration for artists such as the famous César, originator of the eponymous film award, whose trademark was to compress what he collected…

Nothing is wasted, everything can be salvaged and used again. This fair is an ideal opportunity to appreciate the work of those who assemble, weld or transform, in other words, recyclers of all kinds…. A whole section is devoted to first-time exhibitors at the Grand Marché. Come along and visit this veritable breeding ground for new talent.

Bercy Village
1, Cour Saint-Emilion, 75012 Paris
Métro : Cour Saint-Emilion

Musical Interludes

Wednesday, October 26, 2005, 8 p.m.

Steve Browman Jazz Trio
A Concert of Popular Jazz Works

Come enjoy the unique rhythms of some of America’s great jazz composers — Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Chick Corea, Jerome Kern, and Cole Porter.

Featuring Steve Browman on piano, Peter Giron on double bass, and Chris McDonald on drums.

Free and open to the public

American Library in Paris
10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris
Métro: Ecole Militaire, Alma-Marceau, RER C Pont d’Alma
Bus: 42,63,69,80,82 and 92

For more information, please call or e-mail [email protected]


Katrina Relief Concert
Sunday, November 6 at 5:00 p.m.

An evening of Gospel, Jazz and other music from the heart of the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The Katrina Fund France, American Non-profit Organizations of Paris presents a concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

We have chosen to donate all proceeds to two agencies that are helping the affected areas on a grassroots level:
Foundations for Recovery
and Oxfam America
The American Cathedral
23 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris

Should demand be large enough, a second concert will take place at 8:00 p.m. that same evening.

For information on the above agencies, performers, ticket locations and more please visit


Paris Open Mikes!

Come out and participate in an evening of music.

Every Monday, 9 p.m.
The Beaver
19, rue des Deux Ponts, Ile St-Louis, 75004
Métro: Pont Marie

Every Thursday, 9 p.m.
Bar Three
3, rue de l’Ancienne Comedie, 75006
Métro: Odéon



A place for the New York Music Scene to meet Paris and beyond

Live International Acts Featuring:
Charles Theodore (folk – USA) and Alix Roy (electro – France) and Guests (jazz, soul, funk and more)

Free every Tuesday around 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.

L’Etage Resto Bar Music
Happy Hour 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
77 rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75010 Paris
Métro: Goncourt


In Concert at La Java

November 14 – Peter Case + John Doe + Michael Weston King

La Java
105, rue Faubourg du Temple, 75010, Paris

For more information or to buy reduced rate tickets for these shows, visit


CROON: A Musical Revue
Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October, 2005 at 20:30

Joel Mitchell

With the three singing, swinging, tap-dancing “Andrews Sisters” —
Cathy Arondel
Wendy Taylor
Alma de Villa Lobos

And with the fabulous swing pianist
Philippe Duchemin and his trio:
Patricia Lebeugle, bass
Jean-Pierre Derouard, drums

CROON is an homage to my father and the songs he sang to me when I was a boy, to my uncle–now over 80 years old–who recorded for Disney and sang on Broadway, radio and television, to the repertoire of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra (“Fill my heart with song and let it sing forever more.”) CROON is a tribute to all those crooners and to the simple and profound pleasure of singing, dancing, loving and being alive–which for me is the essence of swing.

au Pibar
18 rue Favart, 75002 Paris

Reservations: or [email protected]

Entry: 12 euros or 2 for 20 euros


Mantra Concert
Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m.

Bhajan music, sacred traditional songs, performed by five very talented musicians. Come sing along or simply listen to this heartful music.

Hotel Brebant
32 blvd Poissonnière, 75009 Paris Metro: Grands Boulevards

Entrance fee: 30 Euros, Students 15 Euros

For reservations and tickets, call Mayana at


November 20, 6:00 p.m. and November 22 at 8:30 p.m.
23 avenue George V, 75008 Paris

What could be more appropriate than performing a work written in honour of Saint Cecilia, the Patron Saint of Music! The Paris Choral society commemorates the creation, here in Paris, of Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, exactly 150 years ago.


St. Cecilia Mass
Ave Maria
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Fauré: Impromptu Opus 86 for harp

directed by Edward Tipton

Soprano: Elizabeth Sjoberg
Tenor: Michael Bennett
Baritone: Nigel Smith
Harp: Agnés Peytour

The American Cathedral of Paris
23 avenue George V, 75008 Paris
Métros: Alma Marceau and George V
Tickets: 25 Euros, 15 Euros or 10 Euros for students at the door 45 minutes before the concert or FNAC/Virgin.



Paris Choral Society

The famous
December 4, 5:00 p.m.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to sing Haendel’s great work with the Paris Choral Society and professional soloists directed by Edward Tipton.

The American Cathedral
23 avenue George

V, 75008 Paris
Scores available to rent.
Tickets: 15 Euros at the door


Call for Singers!

For the Opera “Tremonisha” by Scott Joplin, performances starting in January,
Lester McNutt is looking for singers, both women and men, all voices.

Contact Lester McNutt: /

Literary Events

How good is your writing? If you don’t share it with others, you may never know…

Published and prize-winning short story author is looking for other prose fiction writers to expand a (no-fee) workshop group in Paris. Its aim is for members to exchange their work and get feedback from each other. If the idea appeals, and you’re prepared to make a serious commitment to regular meetings, contact Jim on or [email protected]

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings


Next Meeting: November 8th, 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 Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers




Bring lots of business cards to exchange with others. Unsurpassed networking opportunities.

Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Our guest speaker will be:

Diana Smith
Life and Business Coach. Facilator. Filmmaker

Overcoming Your Fear Of Taking The Next Step Professionally. How To Take That Step.

Diana Smith began coaching and teaching in the Man Power program in San Francisco then obtained a degree in Psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris in the 70s. She was an owner-manager-teacher at ACREA – a creative communication and management training organization in Paris in the 80s then a coach and training manager in the corporate world at VeriFone/HP, IBM, BULL, SNECMA, AGF in the 90s and is now a free-lance facilitator filmmaker.

Diana co-authored an international management project which resulted in a book on Management Listening (published by Prentice Hall).

Diana is available for individual and group consultations and can be reached at [email protected]



Interested in being a guest speaker? Contact Patricia

For more information contact Patricia
[email protected]


NEW! Friday Paris Soirees End Of The Week Happy Hour

Friday, October 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Participation: 10 Euros

AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET EVEN MORE NEW AND INTERESTING PEOPLE. Good wine. Tapas. Convivality. Have a glass of wine and continue on to what you already have planned for the evening. Or linger and make your plans there. Fun personalities. mini presentations and mingling.

Among the interesting personalities present this Friday will be:

Photographer Eric Francis, who will come to meet people and sign them up as models for his photo project: The Blue Book. Eric will explain to each person interested the photographic technique he he has developed for this project. Sounds like fun to be one of his models. He’ll bring some of his
current work.

Alexander Technique Teacher Alexis Niki who will quickly introduce HEALTH NETWORK INTERNATIONAL (HNI), a volunteer, non-profit organization for health care professionals and others interested in health issues and invite anyone interested to join. Together with WICE, HNI co-published the Health Care in Paris handbook, an invaluable resource for newcomers to Paris. Alexis will have membership applications on hand for anyone interested in joining HNI.

HNI invites health care professionals to give talks during its Monthly Seminar Series, which is open to the public, at the American Church. Topics scheduled for 2005-2006 include “Adult ADD: What is it?,” “Keeping your Kids Healthy While Traveling,” and “A Newcomers Guide to
Keeping Fit in France.” HNI also offers networking, information exchange, professional development, Continuing Education Credits (CEUs), and CPR classes.

For more information, please visit: [email protected] or phone +33 (0)

To reserve for this Friday’s Paris Soires End Of The Week Happy Hour,
email Patricia at [email protected] or call




Sunday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m.
This week’s soiree theme is to be announced.

Sunday 6 November at at 6:30 p.m.
“Developing The Body And The Mind”. Philosophy of Life, Eliminating Stress, Energy Building Nutrition. Featuring Earl Ferguson, Fitness Coach.

At Patricia’s apartment on the Ile St. Louis. Ask Patricia for exact address and door code.


GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine.

Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia. To reserve on Sundays, please call.

[email protected]

Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge your 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.


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 protected]


Expatica Wine Tasting Evening!
November 15 and 16

Expatica will be holding a series of Wine Tastings on November 15th and 16th, in conjunction with O Chateau.

Whether you are a wine novice or a real connoisseur, this wine tasting is for you!

Come mix and mingle with other expats from around the world and taste five different French wines while you’re at it! With a unique approach, our French sommelier, Olivier Magny, will show you the ins and outs of wine tasting, allowing you to discover the pleasures of wine.

November 15th or 16th
O Chateau Wine Loft
100, rue de la Folie Méricourt, 75011 Paris

Tickets only available online! Sign up today at

Tickets are limited for this event, so don’t delay!


Rollerblading in Paris!
Fridays and Sundays

Every week, you can don your blades for two rolling tours through the City of Light!

Friday evenings: Over 4,000 experienced skaters take a different 25 km circuit each week. Full details the Thursday before at or call

Sunday afternoons: Tour for beginners. A circuit of approx. 20 km over 3 hours. For more information visit or call


Paris Half Marathon
October 26
Streets of Paris

Knowledge is Power: Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures

December 28, 2005
Chez Jenny

Enjoy your Christmas vacation in Paris, and set aside JUST ONE DAY of your busy schedule visiting museums and dining on foie gras to learn how to make your money grow, while building a portfolio of some of the most desirable real estate in the world.


Improv Theatre Classes
Have you ever played improv theatre before? Do you want to start/continue with us? In English, in French, in German or in Swedish? The autumn session of Improv classes

starts NOW.

Level I – Sundays 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., (2 hours) – (200 euros for 10 classes)
Level II – Thursdays 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., (2 ½ hours) – (250 euros for 10 classes)
CLASSES IN FRENCH (10 weeks) Level I – Saturdays 12 noon – 2:00 p.m., (2 hours) – (200 euros for 10 classes)
Level II – Mondays 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., (2 ½ hours) – (250 euros for 10 classes)
CLASSES IN SWEDISH (10 weeks) Level I – (2 hours) – (200 euros for 10 classes)
CLASSES IN GERMAN (10 weeks) weekend of 19/20th November 2005, 80 euros
First class is a free trial class. PARTICIPATION CONFIRMATION is a must. (Max. 10 pers./class)

Classes are held at: Basement Studios 38 rue de Rochechouart, 75009 Paris
Code: 9321 Métro: Cadet or Anvers
If you have any questions, call or contact us by email at [email protected] or (click on “classes”)


FACT Professional Acting Training and Performance
New Season begins October 3

FACT (the French-American Association for Cinema and Theatre) will begin its 17th year of professional acting training and performance on October 3rd.

Since its creation in 1989 by Sarah Eigerman, an American teacher and director based in Paris and New York, our artistic goal has been two-fold: to nurture the actor’s creative process and to explore cultural exchange on a human level.

For the 2005-06 season, FACT offers seven different classes: Improvisation; American Acting in Paris (taught exclusively in English); The Actor’s Voice; Technique and Scenes; Sense Memory; Scene Study; and Acting for the Camera. Students enroll in one or several classes per week, on a semester or annual basis, according to their individual needs.

New this year: each semester will feature a presentation of the work through a “scene night” and a week of open classes.

Our June performance project, which has been co-produced by the Guichet Montparnasse theatre for the past eight years, will focus on works by Chekhov.

Contact us for further information on our programs, admission requirements, scheduling, fees, financial aid, or to make an appointment for an interview.

65 rue de Reuilly
75012 Paris
[email protected]


Careers In Europe Forum
December 13 and 14, 2005

Expatica is proud to announce the cooperation with ‘Careers in Europe’ to offer you the ‘Careers in Europe Forum,’ which will be held the 13th and 14th of December 2005, in Brussels.

The Careers in Europe Forum is a unique pan-European recruitment event, offering internationally minded candidates a wealth of job opportunities. Over two days, more than 2,000 private interviews will take place between applicants and recruiters. The aim is to discuss international career opportunities.

Don’t limit your options, APPLY to partake in the Careers in Europe Forum TODAY!

Application deadline: October 24, 2005


The Art of Trompe l’Oeil Workshop
Paris, France
December 29 – January 2

Join a unique community of artists, engaging in hands-on painting and conversation with internationally renowned Trompe l’Oeil muralist and educator, Yves Lanthier. An award-winning artist, Yves has created large oil paintings and elaborate Trompe l’Oeil that adorn the ceilings and walls of many East Coast mansions and Palm beach estates, including Celine Dion’s estate in Jupiter, Florida.

Click here for more information:

To register click on or email Paula Winke at [email protected]


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


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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]



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 or [email protected]



To sing, have fun, and express yourself!
Bilingual French-English

Singing classes for children 9 to 12 years old
Paris 15th
Mondays or Thursdays 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Private lessons for children and adults
Paris 15th and 18th

Contact: [email protected]

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations

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
Métro: Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership and General Information
[email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel:
Adrian Leeds, Tel:

For Our Bay Area Friends

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


Acclaro Inc., a NY-based software localization company, is staffing a short-term online testing contract in the Bay Area. Project participants will work at our client’s office in Sunnyvale performing web searches, reviewing the results, and ranking them according to relevance. Training will be provided. Qualified candidates must have lived away from their native country for LESS THAN five years, and must meet all of the following requirements:

– Native to France
– Have been outside of your native country for less than five years
– Have maintained close daily contact with your native culture
– Have visited your native country frequently since moving to the US
– Local to the Bay Area
– Available for onsite work in Sunnyvale during business hours 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday-Friday (Testing to start around 24 October and go for 2-3 weeks)
– Have your own transportation to Sunnyvale
– University degree (language or technology-related degree highly desirable)
– Internet-savvy (HTML experience highly desirable)
– Eligible to take on freelance work in the US.

If you are interested, please submit your resume and contact information as soon as possible to
[email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!


Thirza Vallois in California/Autumn 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, make sure not to miss out on one of her legendary talks. 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.

Friday, November 4 – The Monterey International Institute of Strategic Studies
Saturday, November 12 – St Helena, Napa Valley

nday, November 13 – Alliance Française, Napa
Monday, November 14 – Commonwealth Club, San Francisco
Tuesday, November 15 – The Mechanics Institute, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 16 – The Metropolitan Club, San Francisco
Note: Further details on times and locations to follow.

Some readers’ comments:
“Treat yourself to this treasure!” — Book List (the American Library Journal)

“Here’s to ‘Around and About Paris.’ On your next trip to Paris, don’t leave home without it!” — The Boston Book Review

“An astonishingly informative companion!” — The Times Literary Supplement, London

“These books will soon achieve legendary status! I believe you can toss out all other Paris guidebooks.” — William Boyd/The Spectator, London

“Entertaining at all times…. She out-Baedekers Baedeker even at his best!” — Francophonie


The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco
proudly invites you to its HighTech Exchange Panel Discussion

(Is Free The Holly Grail?)

Wednesday, November 16th from 6 p.m.

Hosted by Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA

FACCSF Panel Discussions are quarterly events aimed at exploring High-tech industry trends. They bring a panel of experts in front of an audience of Bay Area Senior Executives. The events are moderated by an Industry expert and the format encourages exchanges between the panelists and with the audience. Conferences typically attract upwards of 50 attendees and represent an opportunity for peer networking.
Past events have included Wireless Broadband, today or tomorrow?, Voice over IP, Why now ?, Trends in the IT Venture Capital Market, Next Generation Internet IP V6

For more information, visit

The speakers will cover the following topics:
What will be the most successful online revenue models in the years to come?
The race for the reach: are all online services bound to be free?
The booming online advertising market: good or bad for startups?
Can the online revenue model transcend the PC?
Can Silicon Valley keep its edge or is geographical location becoming irrelevant?

For Our Philadelphia Area Friends

Time Was Soft There: A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare and Co. By Jeremy Mercer, this is part memoir, part travelogue, and part biography of Shakespeare & Co.’s legendary owner, George Whitman.

Talk and book signing:
Monday, November 7th, at 7:00 p.m.
The Blauvelt Theater, Friends Select School, 17th and the Parkway.

Admission Free

Daniele L. Thomas Easton
France – Philadelphie

Consul Hon. de France a Philadelphie et Wilmington
1650 Market Street
One Liberty Place
Suite 2500
Philadelphia PA 19103
Tel: (215) 851-1474
Fax: (215) 851-1420

With gangsters on his tail and his meager savings in hand, crime reporter Jeremy Mercer fled Canada to Paris in 1999. Broke and on the cusp of homelessness, Mercer found himself invited to a tea party amongst the riff raff of the Parisian fantasy that is Shakespeare & Company. Lost in his very own version of Alice in Wonderland, Mercer falls down the rabbit hole to a life of camaraderie in the famous bookstore, becoming proprietor George Whitman’s confidant and right-hand man, trading free labor for an unforgettable experience. The ultimate story of bohemian Paris, this charming world is filled with unique characters like the eccentric British poet, Simon, the beautiful blonde, Pia, and Whitman, who holds the key to it all.

Community Announcements

Introducing FRUSAB: France-USA Bridge

FRUSAB, which stands for France-USA Bridge, is a newly created non-profit organization designed to promote a variety of cultural, educational, social, and other exchanges between French and Americans around the world.

FRUSAB’s history stems from a system of values that link the United States of America and the French Republic since both countries Revolutionary Periods. While these periods were tumultuous and fraught with war, the end of the 18th century represented the beginning of the struggle for democracy, the freedom of speech, and individual liberties that cannot be usurped by a governmental authority. Today, over 2 centuries later, FRUSAB hopes to continue with this tradition by bringing French and Americans together based on common values and shared interests. In addition, FRUSAB hopes to encourage positive and reflective thinking on a variety of issues affecting both France and the United States in order to better deal with
problems facing both countries today.

As FRUSAB continues to grow, we encourage you to check back frequently to see what’s new, post a message in our fully operational Forum, or read some of our recent articles on a variety of topics.

For more information, please visit


Democrats Abroad France
October 28, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The US Embassy is holding a workshop on voting, and members of DAF are invited to come. We know that many of you have questions about voting from abroad and have often written to us to provide answers about your concerns. If you would like to hear first-hand from the experts (Polli Brunelli, Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program, will be there), please feel free to attend by RSVPing directly to Stephanie Kovar at [email protected]

Also, Steven Hill, who recently spoke to us in Paris about voting and voting rights, has written an article about the report of the election reform commission headed by Jimmy Carter and James Baker. He warns us in this article to beware of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The commission has drawn fierce fire from civil rights and electoral reform organizations for recommending that voters be required to present photo identification at the polls. While we share the concern about a voter ID requirement, we believe it a mistake to condemn the entire report, as so many have done. (his words)

We are sending you the article below, reprinted as it was written, for your information, and also to inform you that steps are being taken in the US to reform our process as so many of us feel is necessary.

What Baker-Carter Got Right


Democrats Abroad France

You are invited to a talk by the author of a work in progress: Bad Faith: Crusading Generals, Born-Again Grunts, and the Birth of a New Christian Nation.

Steve Weissman


Steve Weissman lived for many years in London, working as a magazine writer and television producer. Today he lives and works in France, where he spent two years as European Editor for the Internet news site and now works as Communications Director for a California bio-tech firm and is writing a book, mentioned above, on the Christian Right in the U.S. military. Steve is interested in how far the Christian Right has infiltrated itself into American politics, history and culture and will address that issue with Dems Abroad.

Suggested contribution: 10 euros

Sunday, October 30, 2005, 6:00 p.m.
At the home of Connie Borde
240bis Bd St Germain, 75007 Paris

RSVP by return email:
[email protected]


House Trapped in the Sun
Call for Stories!

* Have you any properties that are proving difficult to sell, perhaps they have nightmare issues?

* Have you discovered serious structural problems, planning restrictions or issues with access to your property that are making your house hard to sell?

* Did you buy off-plan from an agent who made wild promises?

* Do you have problems with flaky electricity, hungry termites, crumbling walls or a leaking roof?

* Are you having legal problems over your property, perhaps land you thought you owned is now being reclaimed by the authorities?

* Do you have any MAJOR problems with your property that we can help with?

If so WE are here to HELP YOU!

Britain’s Channel 4 is producing a new series of their successful ‘House Trapped in the Sun’ series. The show’s producers are looking for vendors with problem properties to take part in three full-length episodes to be filmed late this year and early in 2006.

Expert and presenter of ‘Selling Houses’ is coming out to France this Winter (2005) to help vendors confront issues that are preventing their property from selling or generally causing problems. He will give you sound advice as well as a makeover designed to sell your property quickly.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone you may know to take part in the show contact us +44 (0) 1273 224 825 or email [email protected]

What’s On in the City

Année du Brésil en France
From March to December
Music, Dance, Exhibitions, Film, Literature…


34th Edition of the Paris Fall Festival
September 14 to December 25
Various Venues


Salon d’Automne (Autumn Fair)
October 20 to 30
Parc Floral de Paris
Route de la Pyramide – Bois de Vincennes 75012 Paris
Métro: Château de Vincennes


Salon des vins des Vignerons Indépendants
November 24-28
Entrance: 6 Euros
Reduced rate: 3 Euros (Students and groups of 20 or more)
for Journalists and children under age 15)



Leeds Marais Apartment
Available in its entirety November 22 – 28, 2005

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


Paris, 6th Arrondissement

Near Musée Delacroix. One bedroom apartment with mezzanine, on the first floor of a building with elevator. Full kitchen, dining area, 1 bathroom with tub, carpeting.

Rate: 3000 Euros/month

November 15 to December 8, 2005
Second week of January to March 2006




To reserve, please contact Lynda Sydney at [email protected]


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/parlerparis/apartments or
/frenchproperty/insider/longterm.html for long term


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