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The Perfect Paris Place to Be

I don’t recall ever having missed a “Fête de la Musique,” some being more memorable than others for both good and bad reasons. When the weather is cold and rainy, it can be miserable. If you get caught in a crowd where moving in any direction is impossible or dangerous, it can be frightening. Last night’s festival goes down in the memory books as “perfect.”

The weather was breezy and balmy, sultry and sexy. We planned a tentative route that would take us circling the Marais to most of the key spots, with the ability to divert at any moment, keeping in mind which performances were taking place where and when. The sentiment among the group — “Whatever we do and see will be delightful.” And so, it was.

As we headed toward our first destination, we wandered into a few of the Marais courtyards we don’t normally get to see, their oversized doors open in the spirit of the occasion. Adorned with statuary, walls covered in ivy, cobblestones kept in perfect condition, with their tall, elegant windows looking out onto tranquil squares, these hôtel particuliers of centuries past are very much a part of Paris’ present and without a doubt, its future, built to last an eternity.

The Place des Vosges never ceases to be the jewel in the crown, musicians and choral groups under the arcades, including some very young and talented flutists, no older than eight years. The acoustics under the brick arches help make any amateur at any age sound like a seasoned professional.

Leaving the Place through the narrow door at the southwest corner opened up to a world of progressive jazz performed on a tented stage to an enormous audience camped out on the garden at the Hôtel Sully. The scene was surrealistic in the early evening light, the bright green ivy densely covering the eastern wall of the courtyard, the magnificent 17th-century hôtel particulier a soft backdrop to a sea of appreciative listeners.

We dined on the Place du Marché Sainte Catherine with traditional Yiddish songs played and sung on the small stage in the center of the Place. For several of us in the group, this music of our Russian-Polish-Jewish heritage evoked pleasant memories of our childhoods, when our parents spoke Yiddish among themselves so we couldn’t understand…and from all the Bar Mitzvahs and weddings we may have attended where there was sure to be at least a song or two from the “schtetls” where our grandparents were born. We deemed it “the perfect place to be.”

At Place Igor Stravinsky, where Niki de Saint Phalle’s whimsical sculptures turn and spit water into the fountain, the Centre Georges Pompidou looming in the background, a pianist with several layers of electronic keyboards entertained an adoring crowd sitting on the steps and at the cafés lining the Place. Salsa dancers in white flared-skirted halter dresses with partners in white and black jackets twirled and swayed their hips to the rhythmic Latin beat at the north end of the fountain.

The sun set about that time and the crowds in the Marais got thicker, as we then wandered through the historic streets in the direction of the Mairie of the 3rd arrondissement. A long line to enter the concert at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme in the Hôtel de Saint-Aignan discouraged us from entering, but with a peek over the crowd, we could glimpse the ensemble playing in the magnificent courtyard. Around the corner, the Hôtel Guénégaud des Brosses that houses the Musée de la Chasse, had its doors wide open where a small jazz band and singer performed under golden lights. The rooms of the museum were open and lit for all to see
the stunning moldings and chandeliers, set like a backdrop creating a natural stage.

Brazilian was playing on the “parvis” of the Mairie. La Pierre du Marais, the café that hosts our monthly “Après Midi,” had taken every chair it owns from its upper level to place on the sidewalk. We were lucky to run into friends dining there and capture some extra chairs for one final drink before heading home…

And calling it a “perfect evening”.

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris
Email [email protected]

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Calendar #63
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

Theatre: TWO

TWO, a British Comedy by Jim Cartwright (of Rise and fall of Little Voice fame) is playing in English on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. at Theatre Darius Milhaud. Starring two Anglo-Irish actors, Kim-Michelle Broderick (Sex on a Stick) and Paul Barrett.

Theatre Darius Milhaud
80, allée Darius Milhaud
75019 Paris
Metro: Porte de Pantin



The following further readings have been organized by Moving Parts with the kind permission of Carr’s Pub & Restaurant.

Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.

Plays in English:

July 3 Georgia Smith “Dilemma”

Contact Stephanie to book a reading of YOUR play:
December 2005 onwards available dates
Program subject to change
Latest version always available on the website:
or send an e-mail to Stephanie on: [email protected]
to receive the monthly mailings
For further information contact Stephanie Campion at


La Magie continue / The magic continues:
spectacles in English & en français

tous les mardis et dimanches jusqu’au 28 juin 2005

Saison: Alliances, Romantisme et Realisme:

1) COLOMBA de Prosper Megrimee, a partir d’une adaptation theatrale de Lavinie Boffy, en français, corse et anglais du dimanche 6 mars 2005 a 18h30 et tous les dimanches jusqu’au 26 juin 2005

en français, du mardi 1 Fevrier 2005 a 19h30 et tous les
mardis jusqu’au 28 juin 2005

3) TWO by Jim Cartwright in English
Every Tuesday till 28 June 2005

THEATRE DARIUS MILHAUD 80 allée Darius Milhaud, Paris 19th
Réservations: TEL:,
M°: Porte de Pantin
E-mail: [email protected]

ONE NIGHT MEMBERSHIP entrance TARIF: 16 Euros Tarif
réduit: 12 Euros, 10 Euros & 8 Euros
TARIF spécial pre-ventes / pre-sales par courrier
postal ou VISA: 15 Euros

Art and Culture

Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

At three galleries:
Galerie Anne Vignial
Librairie “Food”
Librairie “213”


Works by:

53, rue Charlot 75003 Paris
Tuesday to Friday 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
[email protected] ou [email protected]



Works by Cris Dupouy “A BORD”

58, rue Charlot 75003 Paris

Tuesday to Friday 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
[email protected]


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

Work of Mitch Espstein “RECREATION”
American Photographs 1973-1988
Published by éditions STEIDL

58, rue Charlot 75003 Paris


La Capitale Galerie
Photography “Poétique du Regard”
June 13 – July 2, 2005

Peggy Ford-Fyffe King
Ayako Takaishi

18, rue du Roule, 75001 Paris
[email protected]


Festival of Jewish Culture
Le Yiddish à l’Honneur
1st Edition
June 15 to 30

Thirty free events to discover and rediscover the Yiddish world and its vital artistic contributions.

Venues for the exhibitions, conferences, theatrical performances, concerts, films and activities for the kids include both Marais “Mairies” (city halls), the Maison de la Culture Yiddish, la Sorbonne, l’Institut Polonais, le Centre Medem, le Mémorial de la Shoah, le Synagogue Nazareth, l’Espace des Blancs-Manteaux, l’Ecole de la rue des Hospitalières St-Gervais and others in the neighborhood.

For a complete listing, visit

Literary Events

June 22 at 7 p.m.

COLM TOIBIN presents his latest novel THE MASTER.

“…The Master tells the story of a man (Henry James) born into one of America’s first intellectual families who leaves his country in the
late nineteenth century…. Toibin captures the loneliness and the hope of a master of psychological subtlety whose forays into intimacy inevitably failed those he tried to love. The emotional intensity of
this portrait is riveting.”

Toibin is the author of four other novels, The South, The Heather Blazing, The Story of the Night, and The Blackwater Lightship.

Village Voice Bookshop
6, rue Princesse, 75006 Paris
M° Mabillon



Gerald Fleming reads from Swimmer Climbing onto Shore
Monday, June 27, 2005
Shakespeare and Company Books

, rue de la Bucherie
75005 Paris

Gerald Fleming’s poetry and prose poems have appeared in literary magazines over the past twenty-five years. He’s won numerous awards and fellowships, and between 1995 and 2000 he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, whose archives were Acquired by U.C. Berkeley’s Bancroft Library. He teaches full-time in the San Francisco public schools, and his third book for teachers, Rain, Steam, and Speed (j2999sey-Bass/Wiley) appeared in fall 2004.

Praise for Swimmer Climbing onto Shore:

“Reader, you are in for a treat with this book. Gerald Fleming’s beautiful poems will surprise you with their combination of incisive text and humane meditative background. Love is the catalyst, but so also is wit, unexpected and inexorably delivered… The result is a book stuffed with insight and delights.”
– Diana OHehir, author of Spells for Not Dying Again

“Fleming gifts us with a rare generosity, revealing the ‘extra’ in the so-called ‘ordinary’ experiences of travel, friendship, and family ties in our daily lives. In a voice of condensed, colloquial intimacy sobered by awareness of the world’s menace and acknowledging the irrational in himself, he reaches a high compassionate humor as he infuses his exploration with the surprising pleasure of sudden discovery. As he himself says, ‘It has to do with joy.’”
– Jack Marshall, author of Gorgeous Chaos: New & Selected Poems, 1965-2001


June 23 to 26, 2005

MARCHE DE LA POESIE, 23rd Edition at Place Saint Sulpice. Readings all day long and many books and Literary Magazines to discover/explore! Enjoy!

Musical Interludes

Friday, July 1, 2005 9:00 p.m.

Rare Birds
Jobic Le Masson – piano
Rasul Siddik – trumpet
Peter Herbert – contrabasse
Aldridge Hansberry – drums

At Le Franc Pinot
1 quai de Bourbon, Ile St. Louis 75004 Paris
M° Pont Marie
[email protected]


Paris Jazz Festival
June 4 to July 24, 2005

Musique Côté Jardins
Parc Floral de Paris

Free concerts starting at 1:30 p.m.
Entry into Parc Floral de Paris: 4 euros, Tarif réduit 2 euros

RER Vincennes, Métro: Chateau de Vincennes



The Pacific Lutheran University
under the direction of
Richard Nance
Works sung by the choir:
Dahl, Nance Newberry; Sharpe
and Spirituals

The American Church
Metro Pont Alma, Invalides
Friday, July 22, 2005 at 10:30 p.m.

The Pacific Lutheran University
under the direction of
Richard Nance
Works sung by the choir:
Dahl, Nance Newberry
and Spirituals

Eglise St-Severin
Metro St-Michel
Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 4:00 p.m.

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

“La Marche des Fiertés LGBT”
Saturday June 25th, 2005

More than 700,000 people will be in the streets of Paris to make this the biggest French Pride Parade. We will start at 1:30 pm at “Place du 18 juin 1940” From Montparnasse to Bastille.

For the full program of events, visit


Bals des Pompiers
Wednesday, July 13
9:00 p.m. till 4:00 a.m.

Forty stations (13 in Paris) open their doors to the public with music, drink and snacks.

For more information visit
For the list of balls, visit


PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: July 12th, 2005 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed 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

ith 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



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)

PARTICIPATION: 15 Euros in an envelope and lots of business cards.



Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia’s Tel:, email: [email protected]



Sunday 26 June At 18h30
Hour Is At 18h30. Don’t Miss It1

Featuring Wine Expert Paul Tracy
Creator Of Fine Wine World.



Our guest of honor will be:

Paul Tracy
Wine Expert

We’ll begin the evening by tasting a Spanish Caba (Sparkling Wine). Then we’ll taste and learn about wines from Argentina, South Africa and Australia.

Paul Tracy was born and raised in England but 25 years ago made the wise decision to to France. After an early career in advertising, he was lured into the wine and spirit trade in Cognac and then Paris. Roaming the world for Moët Hennessy gave him a taste for wine from strange places, which triggered a new business venture 5 years ago – Fine Wine World selling wines from all over the world in France. Initially a web-based enterprise, subsequently on a broader scale, FWW imports wine from 15 different countries ranging from Australia, South Africa, Argentina to California.

The startling improvements made in viticulture and wine making over the past 20 years have convinced Paul that there has never been so much good wine made across the globe as there is now.

To find out more about Fine Wine World and the Fine Wine Club, please visit:

This week we’re at Patricia’s place on the I’le St. Louis:
14 rue St-Louis en l’Ile, 75004 Paris.
The metros are Sully-Morland (closest) and Pont-Marie. Farther away is St. Paul.

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. This week there will be a 3 euro supplement for the special wine for the tasting (23 euros total).

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.

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


27 Years of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes

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

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


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


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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: [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: [email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel:
Adrian Leeds, Tel:

Knowledge is Power:
Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures

Lecture and Reading Series
July 4 – 7, 2005

Open to the general public. WICE membership is not required for this special event.

Readings are free to all. There is a 10 euro fee for the lectures for non-PWW participants. Lectures run from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at WICE.

Registration appreciated, walk-ins are possible but limited spaces available. Books by the authors will be available before the lectures.


Writing the Journey with Judy Reeves: Monday, July 4

Can Writers Have Friends? with Katharine Weber: Tuesday, July 5

Exploring the Darkside with James Bonnet: The Anti-Heroic Journey: Wednesday, July 6

Tone Words with Mark Leech: Giving Shape to Writing, Thursday, July 7

July 4, 5, 7, 2005

Monday, July 4: Patricia Painton Scholars: fiction writers Chia-Pei Chang, Christine Vovakes and poets featured in the WICE arts journal Upstairs at Duroc Michelle Noteboom and Matt Reeck at WICE, 7 p.m. Metro: Duroc.

Tuesday, July 5: PWW Writers in Residence: Floyd Skloot, Katharine Weber. at The Village Voice, 7 p.m., 6 rue Princesse, 75006. Metro: Mabillon

Thursday, July 7: PWW Writers in Residence: Elizabeth Cox, C. Michael Curtis, and Honor Moore at The American Library, 7:30 p.m., 10 rue du Gal Camou, 7th, Metro: Ecole Militaire, RER C : Alma.

All events are subject to modification. Call WICE at if you have any questions or want confirmation of an event.

Paris Writers Workshop:
[email protected]

PWW is a special annual event of WICE, a nonprofit educational and cultural association in Paris, France.

Community Announcements


Last Cocktail Party of the Summer

7:30 P.M.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 at the home of Juliet Carter
9, rue Jean Mermoz, 2nd floor 75008
M° Franklin D. Roosevelt


Contribution: 15 euros – includes drinks and appetizers

Please RSVP by email only to: [email protected]

We will take the opportunity, once and for all, to have an election for the members who are interested in being a part of our Young Dems committee. If you are unable to attend and are interested in participating in any capacity as a volunteer please contact us.

Please note Dems Abroad France’s new email address: [email protected]



Primary and/or special elections for state offices will be coming up in all of the states prior to the general congressional election in November 2006.

As the requirements for voting in these elections as well as the possible tax liabilities are not clear, we suggest that you call the following toll free number in Washington at the FVAP, the Federal Voting Assistance Program, 0800-917-304 or write to vo

[email protected] to learn the specific requirements and rules for your individual state.

The states and the FVAP often do not give us very much lead time before an election so that if you inform yourself now, you will know whether or not you are eligible to vote in state elections.
If you have any questions, call Democrats Abroad France, Louise Meyers, Voting Registration Chair at or e-mail to [email protected]



The American Hospital of Paris steps up to the plate in the struggle against obesity. The next free community event on June 23 will provide 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.

June 23rd at 4:00 p.m.

The Hospital’s Foundation is sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Iris Cantor Women’s Health Lecture, Robin Goland, M.D., a nationally recognized endocrinologist and leading expert on diabetes and obesity, will give a lecture titled, Weigh Less! Live Longer! New Ideas in the Treatment of Diabetes and Obesity.

Dr. Goland is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and an Associate Attending Physician at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital The lecture will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into French. A cocktail reception will follow.

The lecture is free and seating is limited, and advance reservations are required.

American Hospital of Paris Conference Center in the Florence Gould Pavilion
55, bd du Chateau, 92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine.
For more information, please contact Rebecca Allaigre, American Relations Coordinator, at 01 46 41 26 26 or by email at [email protected]


Tuesday, June 28
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Lady Holmes, Patron of SOS Help Paris, is delighted to invite you to join us for a talk by Michael Palin, followed by a reception in an exclusive Paris location.

During the evening, Michael will recount his adventures exploring 1,800 miles of mountain ranges and living at an altitude above 13,000 feet for over a month. All proceeds will be donated to SOS Help Paris, the crisis line for English speakers in France.

Reserve your place now. Tickets are 50 euros including a champagne reception.

To book call / email [email protected]

To contact SOS Help call or visit us at

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

What’s On in the City

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


Paris Jazz Festival
June 4 to July 24
Musique Côté Jardins
Parc Floral de Paris


Festival of Jewish Culture
Le Yiddish à l’Honneur
June 15 to 30


8th Edition of Festival Soirs d’Été
June 21 to July 14, 2005
3rd Arrondissement


Paris Summer Sales!
Starts Friday, June 24 through July 23
For a complete listing of sale dates throughout France visit:


Gay Pride Parade
Saturday, June 25


The Firemen on Display!
Open House
Sunday, June 26
16 avenue de
94190 Villeneuve-Saint-Georges
2 Euros per Adult, Children Under 12 Free


Festival Voix sur Berges
Sunday, June 26, 10th


Giant Couscous at Place d’Aligre
Saturday, July 2, 12th, 6:30 p.m.


Paris Ciné Rando
From 3 to 12 July and


Bals des Pompiers
Wednesday, July 13
9:30 p.m. till 2:30 a.m.
For more information visit
For the list of balls, visit


Bastille Day
Thursday, July 14

Parade begins 11:00 a.m at the Arc de Triomphe

Fireworks at sundown
Champs de Mars/Eiffel Tower


Cinema en Plein Air 2005
July 19 to August 27
Parc la Villette


Paris Plage
July 21 to August 20


Le Raid Dingue de Paris
22-23 July, 6th, 18th, 13th


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