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What’S On In The City Of Light

What’s a girl to do? There’s simply more to do every day of the week in Paris than there are hours in the day, days in the week. Who can keep up?

Well, we’re going to try…at least on a limited basis. Starting today and every Wednesday hereafter, Parler Paris will be bringing you an abbreviated listing of upcoming events for Anglophones — those which we know about and those that we think you will care about! These are events not normally covered in print publications, online entertainment guides, Web sites or most newsletters. This is insider information we will share with you every week.

For information on everything else going on in Paris, like museum exhibitions, concerts, cinema offerings, plays, nightlife, etc., pick up a Pariscope, L’Officiel des Spectacles or Zurban (it’s my favorite and the editorial is a great way to practice your French) every Wednesday at any kiosk.

For online tourist information in English, visit Maison de la France at and for the City of Paris visit

Questions you may have about openings and closings, hours and days, if it’s not listed here, then we simply won’t know the answer…but the Internet is an amazing tool for finding just about anything you want to know about in France.

For any phone, address, map and photo, refer to Les Pages Jaunes (Yellow Pages) at for the English language version. Ít’s our official directory for life in France.

Want to convert dollars to euros? Visit for any day’s rate of exchange.

Want to understand how cold it is in Paris when the temperature reads 10 degrees Celsius, or how many square feet a 50 square meter apartment is? Visit

Want to translate French into English easy and simply? Visit to do it for you.

And to all of you who have announcements of events, email them to [email protected] and for commercial classified ad announcements, they can be placed by visiting /parlerparis/advertise.html

A la prochaine…


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

P.S. And if you can’t find the information for yourself, our research services are here to help…but they’re not free (whose time is?). Write me for more information at [email protected]

Strictly Entertainment
The Improfessionals at Les 7 Lézards

Explore the buzz with the Improfessionals at the next run of shows through April and May at Les 7 Lézards – a jazz club in the Marais !

The next two shows are:

Thursday 15th of April – 7 p.m.
Picking up on those free jazz vibes we guarantee you complete dynamics as always, with the ever present possibility of extreme moments !

Thursday 29th of April – 7 p.m.
The same but different – leaving you to ponder whether anything can really happen twice… We guarantee you’ll leave with more than one answer !

Les 7 Lézards
10 rue des Rosiers
75004 PARIS – M° Saint Paul
Tél: 01 48 87 08 97

Ticket prices:
10 euros and 8 euros (tarif réduit)


John Ireland reading (in English) of his new play “The Magic Hour” Sunday, May 16th at 7:30 pm at Carr’s Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris (Métro: Tuileries).

Literarily Speaking

The Village Voice Bookshop
& Black Paris Tours, Ricki Stevenson
Have the pleasure of inviting you to meet
The American Novelist
Barbara Chase-Riboud
for a presentation of and a reading from her new novel

(Random House )

THURSday, APRIL 8th at 7pm


“Barbara Chase-Riboud writes with a quill of eloquence that is indeed a sword, sounding with the spirituality of Toni Morrison and the passion of Charles Dickens.” Elaine Brown, author of A Taste of Power
Barbara Chase-Riboud, who is also a well-known sculptor, lives in Rome and in Paris.

For more information: Email [email protected]

Bonnes So

irées and Great Gatherings

Patricia Laplante Collins and Paris Soirées invites you to

Wednesday 7 April, 5:15 p.m.
Café du Bourbon
Place du Bourbon, 75007 Paris,
M° Invalides or Assemblée National
(It’s the only cafe in Place du Bourbon right across from 126 rue de l’Université – a 5 minute walk from either métro.)

Following this informal get together, Cynthia McKinney will speak at the Assemblée National on: “Pillage And Armed Conflicts in Africa – from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush.”

L’Assemblée Nationale
126, rue de l’Université – 75007 Paris
Métro : Assemblée Nationale ou Invalides

Entree Gratuit. Reservations obligatory at
Please bring identification.

For more information contact Patricia: [email protected]

Parler Paris Après-Midi

3 p.m. to 5 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

Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

Writing Your Memoirs Creative Writing Seminar
in the South of France
June 13th – 18th, 2004

Join us for a fun-filled week of creative writing in the South of France…

Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of “French Toast”, the successful memoir about her life in France and her reaction to mind-boggling cultural differences, will help you shape your thoughts and buckle down to put them on paper in a writing workshop devoted to getting the best out of yourself and your memories and experiences.

Location: Le Bois des Dames located in the Rhone Valley.
Limited to 10 participants
Cost: 2,295 Euro (with early bird special)

Lodging and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and wine) included (double occupancy). Early bird special: A 200 Euro discount will be applied for registration before April 30th, a 50% deposit is required at this time. See registration form for refund info.

For more information and registration please visit /parlerparis/travelwriters/rochefortmemoirs/index.html or contact:

Jane Malleval
Bois des Dames
[email protected]
+33 (0)


May 4 – 9, 2004 with poet Cecilia Woloch, along with poet/novelist/photographer James Baker Hall and poet/memoirist Jeffrey Greene.

This is the second year Woloch brings her illustrious worsdmiths to Paris for the poetry workshop of a lifetime. Strictly limited to a maximum of 10, there are only two seats remaining.

I’m personally hosting a dinner the opening evening and Jeffrey Greene is hosting a day-long picnic Satruday, May 8th on the grounds of his restored presbytery featured in his memoir, “French Spirits.” Readings for the public by Woloch, Hall and Greene will be held Thursday night, May 6th at Shakespeare and Company and readings by the workshop poets will be Sunday evening, May 9th at Patricia Laplante Collins’ Paris Soirées.

Cost is $700/person. This includes all workshop fees, the welcoming dinner/reception, and the train tickets and picnic in Rogny. Don’t delay to register by contacting Cecilia Woloch, [email protected],


May 9-12, 2004
Sponsored by The American Writers & Artists Institute
Hosted by the International Living Paris Office

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…

This is the workshop we’ve hosted for the third year here in Paris taught by the best in the industry: Jennifer Stevens, John Forde, Steenie Harvey with guest speakers Rose Marie Burke, Thirza Vallois, Polly Platt and me!

Signing up before April 1, 2004, save $100 and pay $1,297 to enroll.

There may only be a few seats left, so act now. Visit
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

Living and Investing in France
Washington, DC
September 10 – 12, 2004

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…/frenchproperty/conference/conferencements.html

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:

Schuyler Hoffman, Special Conference Coordinator
Toll Free in the U.S. 1-877-457-2747
Email: [email protected]


Trekking and Tours

As Part of the Ultimate Travel Writers Workshop

Take a journey on foot with renowned Paris expert Thirza Vallois into the depths of Paris’ literary Left Bank. As Thirza puts it: “Scratch beneath the surface to probe into the souls and lives of the restless people, both high and low, who throughout the ages have never ceased to shape and reshape it.

Schedule: May 10, 2004 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: To be announced
Price: $30 for workshop participants, $40 for non-participants


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

Learning la Langue Française

(As Part of the Ultimate Travel Writers Workshop)

Need to know just a few basics to get by while you’re here in Paris? This 9-hour intensive workshop is OPEN TO EVERYONE
(You do not need to be participating in the Travel Writers Workshop to attend!!!)

Taught by French language expert Marie-ElisabethCrochard, former director of Berlitz Champs Elysées and co-coordinator of Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group!

DAY ONE — MAY 7, 2004:
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lunch Break
2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

DAY TWO — MAY 8, 2004:
9 a.m. to 12 Noon

Includes nine hours of classroom instruction. Learn how to survive on your own in Paris, master the basics — greetings, learn how to order your croissant, ask for the check, the price of an item, sizes, colors, numbers, asking for the time and all the key questions: who, what, where, when, how…, the use of the 10 basic verbs and where the Musée d’Orsay is located. Also, become skilled at exchanging pleasantries with the French — learning about the social protocols most often misunderstood by tourists.

13 Passage Dauphine (entrance at at 30 rue Dauphine), 6th Arrondissement
Métro Odéon or Pont Neuf

$195 Travel Writers Workshop Participants
$245 Non-Travel Writers Workshop Participants


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

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

*Special Holiday Closings:
April 10, May 1, May 8, May 22


Join us at the ParlerParlor 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 room.


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

Special Announcements

Max On Wine for April 2004
Bordeaux…There’s an Explanation for Their Renown

Every month, we benefit from Max Bachellerie’s amazing knowledge of wines with a lesson or explanation or about a specific production area in France.

Visit /parlerparis/gourmet/maxonwine.html for this month’s lesson on Bordeaux wines.

Wine Tastings by Max

YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT MAX at [email protected] or call +33 (0) (in Paris) to arrange a PRIVATE WINE TASTING PARTY!

Classified Ads

Rent a luxury apartment in Paris your next stay and have all the conveniences of home. Visit /parlerparis/apartments for a listing of International Living’s favorite great stays.


Last Minute Easter Special
Luxury Paris Marais Studio Apartments Only 500 Euros/week
Available April 9 – 17, 2004

The “Florentin” — Visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/florentin.html
The “Medieval”– Visit /parlerparis/apartments/rentals/medieval.html

Contact: [email protected]


Long Term Apartment Rental —

Very comfortable 1-bedroom furnished apartment in the HEART of the City of Light available April and May, 2004.

17th Century historical building, on quiet street in the trendy “Marais” quarter. Sunny southern exposure, on cobblestone courtyard, 3rd floor. Short walks to Notre Dame, the Seine, best monuments and museums. Safe day and night, intercom system + door codes.

Perfect for a single or couple (2 people maximum)
No students, children, pe

ts or smokers. Available first of April through May 31, 2004.

References +deposit required. $1800 per month + $500 deposit includes all + local telephone. Negotiable for shorter period of time.

Contact: [email protected] or phone in the U.S: 1.415.505.5850.

Long Term Apartment Rental —

In the heart of the Marais on rue de Turenne: 115 m2 on an “étage noble” of a Hôtel Particulier, 5 rooms, furnished, including large salon, large bedroom with beautiful false marble motif and “parquet de Versailles” floor, full kitchen including washer/dryer, dining room with one full-wall hand-painted Greek/Turkish expressionist motif, full bathroom in green marble. Central heating. High ceilings. Ample bookshelves. All amenities. Available for long-term rental. 2950 Euros per month.

Contact [email protected]


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