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Art Exhibitions

Strictly Entertainment: Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance, Music, Cinema



en français et anglais

Une création collective de Cinémorphe.

Ciné XIII Théâtre, 1 avenue Junot, 75018 Paris

mardi 13 janvier, 20 janvier, 27 janvier 2015


26€, 18€ Réservation – 0142541512,

Figaroscope described Cinémorphe's first show as 'mind blowing' and their following two events were sold out hits. For their fourth adventure Cinémorphe invite you to join them in an immersive theatre experience inspired by Fellini's masterpiece 8½. Prepare to be surprised and amused in this unique participative experience that explores the hidden spaces of the iconic Ciné XIII theatre.

Please come dressed in black and white

Further info: or follow us on

King Lear

In English with French subtitles

Mise en scène et adaptation de Rona Waddington


Joanna Bartholomew

Fiamma Bennett

Nick Calderbank

Damian Corcoran

Vincent Latorre

Gabriella Scheer

Scénographie Frédéric Bouhon


Spectacle en anglais sur titré en français

Du 10 décembre au 14 février 2014

Les mercredis, jeudis, vendredis et samedis à 21h00 (grande salle)


8, rue de Nesle - 75006 Paris

Métro : Odéon (ligne 4 et 10) ou Pont-neuf (ligne 7) - RER : Saint Michel -

Renseignements publics et réservation : 01 46 34 61 04

Les Sauviettes

January 29.

Le St Saveur, 11 rue des Panoyaux, 75020

Metro Menilmontant

Literary Events

The American Library in Paris

Upcoming Events and Programs

Wednesday 28 January | 19h30

Teri Agins - Evenings with an author

Teri Agins explores how celebrities have taken over the fashion industry in her book Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers.

Wednesday 4 February | 19h30

Ta-Nehisi Coates - Evenings with an Author

Visiting fellow Ta-Nehisi Coates returns for his second evening evening to read from and discuss his new book which will be released next October. It is his attempt to talk to his teenage son about the killings of Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and Michael Brown.

Tuesday 10 February | 19h30

What We Write About When We Write About Paris

A panel discussion featuring four permanent and part-time Paris residents— Debra Finerman, EJ Simon, David Benjamin, and Meg Borstin.

Wednesday 11 February | 19h30

Vincent Giroud - Evenings with an Author

Author Vincent Giroud joins us to talk about his book Nicolas Nabokov: A Life in Freedom and Music. The event will be in a form of a discussion between the author and Nicolas' son, Ivan Nabokoff.

Tuesday 17 February | 19h30

Jake Lamar - Evenings with an Author

Author and playwright Jake Lamar will conduct an interactive conversation, exploring the creative process behind his play "Brothers in Exile" - the focus of this year's Black History Month exhibit at the Library.

The American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, tel. M°: Ecole Militaire or Alma Marceau, or RER C at Pont de l'Alma.

Shakespeare and Company

37 rue de la Bûcherie

75005 Paris, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 25 40 93

Networking Events


Every Second Tuesday of the Month (except August)
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




For Expats Of All Origins, French And Visitors

€25 includes a fun dinner & dessert and free flowing wine. A fun presentation and meeting great new international people

Meet people, Make friends, Create relationships.

Patricia Laplante-Collins

Paris, France

Mailing address upon request.

Cell: 33 (0) 6 43 79 35 18

Reserve as usual on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (with your telephone number.)


Dinner Chez Jim Haynes

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

Jim Haynes Atelier
83, rue de la Tombe Issoire 75014 Paris
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Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Parler Parlor meets three times a week -- come as often as you like! Your first time is free! Practice speaking French and English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily.
For further details, visit
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Every Wednesday at 5pm at the Maison des Associations du 15ème, Paris.
To register call Anna on 06 18 36 13 14

Volunteer for SOS Help


We're looking for volunteers to listen on our English-speaking help line. The next listener training course starts 7 February. Swing by one of our information sessions to learn more!

January 8, 14, or 20 at 7 pm

American Church of Paris

65 Quai d'Orsay, 75007, Paris

For more information, check out our website,

Feeling down? call us up 01 46 21 46 46 from 3 to 11pm daily.

Knowledge Is Power: Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures


Upcoming Courses

Art of Living in France

Pate à Pain - What to Make With Bread Dough 14 Jan.

Creative Writing and Literature

Getting Published Part Il 5, 12, 19, 26 Jan.; 2 Feb.

Cultural Studies

Keep checking the Cultural Studies page for more courses in the new year.

Languages (Courses take place Sept-June. Join at anytime!)

English 2-3 False Beginners and Intermediate Mondays

French 1 Beginners Tuesdays and Fridays

French 2 False Beginners Tuesdays and Thursdays

French 3 Intermediate Tuesdays

Guided Discussion in English

Guided Discussion in French Mondays

Guided Discussion in Spanish Wednesdays

Paris Walks and Visits

Musée de la Prefecture de Police: A Unique and Intriging Museum 13 Jan.

CHATEAU DE MALMAISON: A Fasicinating Napoleonic Museum 21 Jan.

Visual Arts

Advanced Photography: Mastering Manual Mode 13, 20, 27, 29 Jan.

Portrait Phototography Using Natural Light 10 Feb.


10, rue Tiphaine

75015 Paris, France


Paris Art Studies

The Story of the Portrait in European Art with Chris Boïcos

Part 5: The 18th century - Rococo and Neoclassical Portraiture.

The Baroque and Grand styles that dominated portraiture in 17th century Europe and under Louis XIV in France came to an end with the eclipse of the great monarch in 1715. The Rococo age starting in the 1720's ushered in a lighter, more charming and feminine portraiture typical of the French court portraits of J. M. Nattier, Boucher, J. B. Drouais and the Van Loo brothers. A sharper realism and a new interest in portraying the intellectuals and salon ladies of the Age of Enlightenment appeared by mid-century in the fashionable pastels of Delatour and Peronneau. The 1780's were dominated by the sentimental and feminine portraiture of Vigée Lebrun soon to be rivaled by the new and virile neoclassical portraiture of the great David, before and after the French Revolution. A more Romantic style prevailed in England (Gainsborough, Reynolds, Lawrence) and in Spain, where the undisputed master of the portrait was Francisco Goya.

Friday 16 January - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture – The Rococo portrait: Nattier, Boucher, Drouais, the Van Loos.

Friday 23 January - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture – The portrait in the Age of Enlightenment: Quentin Delatour, Peronneau, Vigée Lebrun, David.

Friday 30 January - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture – Francisco Goya and Enlightenment portraiture

in Spain. The English 18th century portrait.

Friday 6 February - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Visit to the Louvre – French 18th century portraits.

Meet 10:15 am inside Louvre pyramid by the information desk with ticket in hand.

Friday 13 February - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture – Portraits in the Age of Revolution: David and Ingres.

Coffee and tea are served at the home session between 10:00 and 10:30 am.

Students will receive from the instructor a printed historical chronology and list of artists.

Course fee: 100 € for the 5 sessions, or 25 € per session payable by check made out to: Chris Boïcos.

Please note: Museum admissions are additional to course fees. Exact change is appreciated.

Joining the "amis du Louvre" is recommended for the portrait course and for quick and economical entry to the

permanent collections and special exhibitions held at the Louvre. See:‎

Paris Special Exhibitions with Chris Boïcos and Dimitri Papalexis

Thursday 15 January 2 – 3:30 pm – 1944: Liberation of Paris - Paris Freed, Paris Photographed...

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Carnavalet (Ending 8 February 2015). (limited to 18 participants maximum)

This exhibition marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris. Paris was liberated on 25 August 1944 by General Leclerc's Second Armoured Division and the American and British Allies. On 11 November, while war was still raging the Musée Carnavalet opened an exhibition devoted to the Liberation of Paris. François Boucher, the curator and a member of the Resistance, had set out to 'bring together the documentation essential for future historians'. This spontaneously organized exhibition was an enormous success. The present show recreates the atmosphere of this heady period using photos by Robert Doisneau, René Zuber, Jean Séeberger and more, along with documentation and films that bring alive this vividly dramatic year in the history of Paris.

Place: Musée Carnavalet

23 rue de Sevigné 75003 - Meet in courtyard.

Métro: Métro Saint-Paul. (line 1)

Time: 1:45 for 2 pm entry. Bring 8 € in exact change for exhibition ticket.

Thursday 22 January 11:30 am - 1 pm – Musée Cognacq-Jay - A Christian Lacroix Selection.

Visit to the Musée Cognacq-Jay.

One of the greatest private collections of 18th century French art and furniture was bequeathed by the founder of the Samaritaine department store to the city of Paris in 1927. It is now housed in a charming 16th and 17th century hôtel particulier in the Marais. Fine drawings and paintings by Watteau, Fragonard, Boucher, Chardin, Largilière, French 18th century furniture and objets d'art are presented in a beautiful period setting. The current arrangement of the collections, focusing on depictions of costume and textiles, was conceived by the celebrated French couturier Christian Lacroix.

Place: Lobby of Musée Cognacq-Jay - 8 rue Elzévir 75003.

Métro : Metro Saint-Paul (line 1).

Time: Meet 11:15 for 11:30 am entry. Please bring 8 € in exact change for museum ticket.

Thursday 29 January 10:30 - 12 noon – The Spirit of Montmartre 1875-1910

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée de Montmartre (Until 25 September 2015).

This is a special exhibition illustrating the anarchic and Bohemian spirit of artistic Montmartre at the turn of the 20th century, the time of Modigliani and Picasso. The doings of bizarre and radical groups with the entertaining names of Hydropathes and Fumistes who frequented the local bars like de Quat'z'Arts and Vachalcade as well as the Montmartre cabarets and circuses, are illustrated by numerous documents, posters, photographs and paintings from the museum and many private collections. A good opportunity to discover one of the most picturesque and atmospheric museums in Paris.

Place: Courtyard or lobby of Musée de Montmartre, 12 rue Cortot 75018

Métro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt (line 12). 15mn walk or take Montmartrobus.

Time: 10:15 for 10:30 am entry. Please bring 9,50 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket (7,50 if more than 15 in group).

Thursday 5 February 10:30 – 12 noon – Jeff Koons

Slide lecture on the retrospective exhibition the Centre Georges Pompidou (26 Nov. 2014 – 27 April 2015)

This is the first major retrospective in France dedicated to the art of Jeff Koons, America's probably most famous, controversial and expensive contemporary art star. From his early presentation of consumer objects like basket balls and vacuum cleaners as art, to his giant stainless steel sculptures of inflatable toy balloons, his kitschy sculptures of Michael Jackson with his pet monkey Bubbles or his own graphic self portraits making love to the Italian porn star Cicciolina, there is more than enough material here to provoke hilarity, admiration for the artist's chutzpah or sheer disgust. This is an excellent opportunity to examine the current state of the international art world and its aesthetic and marketing strategies.

Place: Chris Boïcos apartment. 14, boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. 6th floor (building code: 89786)

Métros: Strasbourg-Saint Denis, exit 3: Porte Saint-Martin (lines 4, 8, 9) or République exit 6: rue René Boulanger

(lines 8, 9 - fewer steps)

Time: 10 am for coffee and tea, lecture begins promptly at 10:30 am.

Thursday 12 February 11 – 12:30 pm – Fashion Mix: French Fashion, Foreign Designers

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée de l'Immigration (Palais de la Porte Dorée) (until 31 May 2015)

with couturier and fashion historian Dimitri Papalexis

From the very beginning of haute couture in the 19th century, foreign modistes flocked to Paris helping to turn it into the fashion capital of the world. The current exhibition covers this history of foreign talent on French soil by tracing the story of French fashion from Frederick Worth under the Second Empire to Azzedine Alaïa today. 100 costumes are on display from the Palais Galliera collection, illustrating the careers of famous designers like Mariano Fortuny, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Elsa Schiaparelli, Martin Margiela, Cristobal Balenciaga, Robert Piguet, Paco Rabanne and Raf Simons, but also the talent of the anonymous foreign petites mains of the fashion ateliers, from the Russian embroiderers of the 1920's to the Armenian shoemakers of the 1990's: A fascinating mix of fashion and social history.

Place: Meet in lobby of Musée de l'Immigration, Palais de la Porte Dorée, 293 avenue Daumesnil 75012.

Métro: Porte Dorée (line 8).

Time: To be confirmed. Please bring 6 € in exact change for exhibition ticket.

Monday 23 February 11:30 - 1 pm – Eugène Viollet-le-Duc - A Visionary Architect

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée de l'architecture (until 9 March 2015).

Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) is one of the most romantic, inventive and complex French architects of the 19th century. Great figure of the Gothic revival movement in France, he is almost single-handedly responsible for the saving of French medieval cathedrals (including Notre Dame of Paris) and restoring, indeed, rebuilding celebrated monuments like the Sainte Chapelle or the château de Pierrefonds. Yet he was not only a man nostalgic of the past. His experiments with modern structural materials like cast iron and his novel and anticlassical approach to architecture also inspired the Art Nouveau generation of the 1890's, notably the great Hector Guimard. Architectural models, plans, paintings, photographs and a rich documentation celebrate the 200th anniversary of this great master's birth.

Place: Meet in lobby of Musée d'Architecture, 1, place du Trocadéro 75116.

Métro: Trocadéro (lines 9 and 6).

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 am entry. Please bring 6 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket.

Thursday 26 February 3:45 - 5:30 pm – Re-opening of Musée Picasso

Visit to of the permanent collections of the Musée Picasso. (limited to 20 participants maximum)

The Picasso museum has recently reopened in its spectacular 17th century Marais townhouse after a long (5 year) and controversial renovation and the sacking of its last director, Anne Baldassari. She is nevertheless responsible for the new display of the largest collection in the world of the 20th century master's work, covering all aspects of his long career (1890's-1972). A good opportunity to re-discover the art of Picasso, and evaluate the new museum spaces and display.

Place: Meet in courtyard or lobby of Musée Picasso, 5 rue de Thorigny 75003.

Métro: Saint-Paul (line 1).

Time: 3:30 for 3:45 pm entry. Please bring up to 14,50 € in exact change for the museum ticket. This is the minimum for

a group of 12 - the more we are the less the ticket entrance will be, as we have a group ticket costing 170 €. The least we will pay for a group of 20 is 8,50 € each.

Course Fees: 130 € for all 7 sessions, 120 € for 6 sessions, or 25 € per session.

Museum fees are additional to course fees*.

You can sign up for individual sessions or a series by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or by calling Chris Boïcos on +33 (0) 686 58 98 09 and by sending a check made out to "Chris Boïcos" to

Chris Boïcos, 14 boulevard Saint-Martin 75010 Paris. Museum fees are additional to course fees.

Please register for classes in advance to ensure that group visits are not full.

*Please note that sometimes museum ticket prices go up slightly between the time of reservation and the actual date of the visit.

Paris Art Studies telephone: + 33 (0) 686 58 98 09

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of Paris

monthly Sunday services at 2:30pm.

New address:
Temple de Pentemont
106 rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris
Metro Solferino.

Tel: 01 30 82 75 33 or

Amateur group seeks experienced SATB to sing
diverse repertoire (spirituals, classical,
musicals, and more). Rehearsals Mondays in the Marais, 7:45 - 10 p.m.
For more information,

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.

In addition to hosting weekly conversation group
activities in Paris, FRUSAB now offers a dynamic
user-forum where users can post and read
comments, and communicate with other users on a
variety of French-American issues!

For more information, or to register a username,
please visit:

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Sports & Fitness

Rollerblading in Paris!

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

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