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Art Exhibitions

"Stories Through the Faces of the World"

Photographer/Author Meredith Mullins presents photographs and stories from Afghanistan, Senegal, India, Hungary, China, France, and more. This "traveling" evening is part of Bernadette Martin's Storytelling Series, including an international dinner and the camaraderie of folks who enjoy good company and good storytelling.

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Sign up early, as places are limited.

An'n Alé Ayiti ! (En Avant Haïti !)

Une traversee en terre haItienne

De l'Art naïf à l'Art contemporain

Peinture, Sculpture, Photographie,

Fresques, Artisanat

Une exposition évolutive - un véritable conte haïtien, où se mélangent couleur, magie et diversité.

Dorothy's Gallery, 27 rue Keller, 75011 Paris, M° Bastille, Voltaire Mar – sam 13h-19h Dim 16h-19h (sur rdv) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01 43 57 08 51

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


Josie Long

Tuesday 6th October 8-30pm

Tickets on the night 20€ / 12€ students

15€ for CCM cardholders

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Just book and pay on the night – cash or check

Rich Hall

Wednesday 28th October 8-30pm

Tickets on the night 22€ / 15€ students

20€ if you book by email before the 6th October

17€ for CCM cardholders

La Java 105, rue du Faubourg du Temple Paris 10. Metro : Goncourt or Belleville.

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CinéCCI- I mBéal na Stoirme/ A Turning Tide in the Life of Man

Les 3 Luxembourg, 67 rue Monsieur le Prince, Paris 6ème

13 October 15

7pm, €8,50 (€7,50 for students, unemployed and seniors); books of 5 or 10 tickets available; in Irish with French subtitles, 106 mins

In the presence of the director Loïc Jourdain

Filmed over eight years, A Turning Tide in the Life of Man follows John O'Brien, a small fisherman from the island of Inis Bó Finne, who embarked on a European campaign through the meanders of the Common Fisheries Policy reform in Brussels to try and regain his ancestors' right to fish the seas around Donegal.


CinéCCI- Gold

Les 3 Luxembourg, 67 rue Monsieur le Prince, Paris 6ème

3 November 15

7.30pm, 8,50€ (7,50€ for students, unemployed and seniors) / Book of 5 or 10 tickets available, in English with French subtitles, 90 mins

In the presence of director Niall Heery

Set in an affluent suburb of Dublin, this offbeat comedy and unconventional love story delights in the hilarity of everyday life following Ray (David Wilmot)'s unwelcome appearance at the family home for the first time in 12 years.


CinéCCI One Million Dubliners

Les 3 Luxembourg, 67 rue Monsieur le Prince, Paris 6ème

8 December 15

7.30pm, €8,50 (€7,50 for students, unemployed and seniors) or book of 5 or 10 tickets, in English with French subtitles, 83 mn

In the presence of the director Aoife Kelleher

Glasnevin Cemetery is the final resting place of 1.5 million souls; it is Ireland's national necropolis. Often humorous, always affecting, this documentary explores life, death and the afterlife as the immensely engaging tour guide shepherds his charges - and us - through the headstones and monuments, through opinions and beliefs. One Million Dubliners ends in a way that will stay with you forever.

Director's Choice Award, Irish Film Festival, Boston, USA March 2015

Best Irish Film of 2014, The Irish Times, December 2014

Best Irish Feature Documentary Film, Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland, July 2014


CHAPEL SESSIONS - Liam O MaonIaí & Guest Sam Tshabalala

8 October 15

7.30pm, €10€ (€7 for students and unemployed), reservation recommended

The acoustics and intimate atmosphere in CCI's chapel lend themselves perfectly to our "unplugged" Chapel Sessions launched tonight by singer and musician Liam O Maonlaí. Best known as a member of the alternative rock group Hothouse Flowers, which he formed in 1985, Liam recorded a solo album of songs in Irish ten years ago and plays with the traditional group Ré whose live album was recorded in 2014.

He is joined this evening by Parisian singer and guitar-player Sam Tshabalala whose music is deeply rooted in his South African culture.


The Pipes, The Pipes

In conjunction with International Uilleann Piping Day

17 October 15

7.30pm, €10 (€7 for students and unemployed), reservation recommended

With Padraig McGovern, Leonard Barry, Maitiu O Casaide (uilleann pipes), Donal Dineen, Lionel Palun (images)

To mark International Uilleann Piping Day, the CCI presents The Pipes, The Pipes, a music and live art performance that pays homage to the singular magic of the Irish uilleann pipes. Featuring the playing of three exceptional pipers, Padraig McGovern, Leonard Barry and Maitiu Ui Casaide, the live show also features contributions by visual artists Lionel Palun (France) and Donal Dineen (Ireland) who respond live to the mesmerising soundwaves and conjure images that enhance the musical flow. The Pipes, The Pipes featured on RTE TV as one of the highlights of St. Patrick's Festival Dublin this year.

The three pipers will lead different workshops for the public on the morning of their event:

- 11am, admission free, reservation recommended, in English: Demonstration and discussion with Maitiu O Casaide

- 11am, 10€/15€ including entry to the evening event, reservation necessary (space limited), in English: Master class with Padraig McGovern and Leonard Barry


GAULIN CLUB - Rosena Horan

22 October 15

7.30pm, €3 (at the entrance), reservation recommended

Singer, guitarist and pianist Rosena Horan will lead our second Gaulín club evening of the season. Originally from Dublin, she cites Loreena McKennitt, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell as influences. Rosena regularly performs in France and her CD Belle of Belleville has been received enthusiastically by the French press. She will focus on songs with an environmental theme.


CHAPEL SESSIONS: Inni-K and Rhob Cunningham

4 November 15

7.30pm, 10€ (7€ for students and unemployed), reservation recommended

Chapel Sessions

With Inni-K (voice, piano, ukulele), Brian Walsh (drums, percussion), Cormac O'Brien (double bass)

Inni-K delights with her unique indie folk - a transcendent voice and beautiful new songs combine with tight musicianship and arresting stage-craft. Her debut album The King has Two Horse's Ears was released early this year to critical acclaim. She has shared stages with Efterklang, Caoimhín O Raghallaigh, Wallis Bird, Tiny Ruins, This is How We Fly and many more.

Rhob Cunningham is a songwriter from Dublin who has independently released three studio albums. He has performed all over Ireland as well as in France, Germany and Holland, sharing bills with Villagers, James V McMorrow and opening for Bobby Womack, Gil Scott Heron, Tori Amos, John Martyn, Cathy Davey and Lisa Hannigan, among countless others. Tonight he will premiere new pieces specially composed to harmonise with the CCI surroundings.


JAZZ DOUBLE BILL: Umbra and Sue Ryhardt Duo

17 November 15

8pm, €10 (€7 for students and unemployed people) reservation recommended

Festival Jazzycolors


Chris Guilfoyle (guitar), Chris Engel (soprano saxophone), Sam Comerford (tenor saxophone), Barry Donohue (bass guitar), Matthew Jacobson (drums)

With the energy and power of a punk rock band and a broad range of influences, this five-piece jazz band from Dublin stretch the boundaries of the form. Led by guitarist and composer Chris Guilfoyle, Umbra features some of the most well-known jazz musicians in Dublin who find their inspiration in the lush harmonic textures of John Hollenbeck and Jim McNeely or the cyclical grooves of Meshuggah and Aphex Twin. Their music cleverly integrates this smorgasbord of influences to distill a band sound that is decidedly contemporary and indeed complex, but one which never loses sight of the melody.

Sue Rynhart Duo

Sue Rynhart (vocals), Dan Bodwell (doublebass)

Young composer and singer Sue Rynhart has performed at jazz festivals all over Ireland. Her collaborations with well-known Irish and international artists range from premiering works by George Higgs, Simon McHale, Donal Mac Erlaine or the Irish Composers Collective to singing with Rick Peckham, Tom Arthurs and Florian Ross.Sue's critically acclaimed debut album Crossings was nominated Best Jazz Album in the Irish Times Ticket Awards 2014.

This evening is organised in conjunction with the 13th edition of Jazzycolors, the foreign cultural institutes in Paris' annual festival of jazz. The CCI will also welcome the Estonian group Carrot Lights on 21 November. For full details of the festival:


GAULIN CLUB - Lillis O Laoire

3 December 15

7.30pm, €3 (at the entrance), reservation recommended

Our final Gaulín club of the year is led by "fear a' ti' Lillis O Laoire, a sean-nós singer from Gort A' Choirce, Co. Donegal. O Laoire is also an author and teaches courses in Irish language, folklore and Celtic civilisation in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, NUI Galway. His book, On a Rock in the Middle of the Ocean: Songs and Singers in Tory Island was published in 2007. He co-wrote an award-winning study of the sean-nós singer Joe Heaney, Bright Star of the West (2011). For the Gaulín, he will sing songs from Tory Island and from as far afield as Scotland.



10 December 15

7.30pm, €10 (€7 for students and unemployed), reservation recommended

Loah (lead vocals), Emma Garnett (backing vocals), Niwel Tsumbu (guitar), Johnny Taylor (piano)

Having sung with Kíla, Niwel Tsumbu and contributed to Hozier's platinum-selling debut album, Loah is now embarking on an ambitious solo career. Of Sierra Leonean-Irish origin, Loah has already performed her unique blend of folk and soul at all major Irish festivals – Electric Picnic, the Dublin Fringe Festival, and Body&Soul's Shapeshifters Ball amongst others.

"Exuding a very exotic cool, we have a bit of a star on our hands." (Hot Press)

Centre Culturel Irlandais

5 rue des Irlandais, 75005 Paris

T: 01 58 52 10 30


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Literary Events

Ivy Writers with Patrick Beurard-Valdoye, Matt Reeck and Ron Horning

Poetry reading

Tuesday, October 6 at 7:30pm

Delaville Cafe

34 boulevard bonne nouvelle, 75010 Paris, France


The American Library in Paris

Upcoming Events and Programs

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 Le Café de la Mairie, 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

THE GENDER REVOLUTION: NATURE vs NUTURE. Special Guest Is Connie-Lee Bennett. Holistic Psychotherapist.

€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

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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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Volunteer Work

SOS Help

Want to volunteer?

Train to listen for SOS Help, the English-speaking help line

Stop by one of our information sessions in advance of the next 3 month training cycle starting 7th November 2015

Check out for full details

October 8, and October 14

7:00 pm

American Church of Paris

65 Quai d'Orsay

75007 Paris

Autumn Book Sale 2015

Children's story hour offered by Janina Rossiter, author of the Tovi the Penguin series

Sunday, October 11

12 pm to 4 pm

Orrick Law Offices

31, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie

75016 Paris

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

Knowledge Is Power: Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures


Selected Upcoming Courses

Art of Living in France

Wine and Cheese: Partners in Taste: 2 Oct.

Creative Writing and Literature

Shaping the Short Story: 5, 12, 19 & 26 Oct, 30 Nov & 7 Dec.

The Craft of Memoir Writing: 7 & 14 Oct, 18 & 25 Nov, 2 Dec.

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

English Intermediate: Mons

French Beginners: Tues & Thurs

French Intermediate: Tues & Thurs

French Advanced: Tues

Guided Discussion in English: Weds

Guided Discussion in French: Mons

Guided Discussion in German: Thurs

Guided Discussion in Spanish: Weds

Paris Walks and Visits

Paris Walks - Paris in the Middle Ages: 3 Oct.

Visual Arts

Photography: Mastering Manual Mode: 21 & 28 Sep, 5 & 15 Oct.

Creative Photography: All the World's a Stage: 28 Sep; 5 & 12 Oct.

Exploring Paris Through the Lens: 29 Sep; 6 & 13 Oct.

Drawing Practice: Learning to See: 29 Sep; 6, 13 & 20 Oct; 3, 10, 17 & 24 Nov.

Color Through Painting: 29 Sep; 6, 13 & 20 Oct; 3, 10, 17 & 24 Nov.

Figure Drawing; One Step at a Time; 1, 8, 15 & 22 Oct; 5, 12, 19 & 26 Nov.

Photo Expedition: Sunday Morning on the rue Mouffetard: 4 Oct.

Advanced Photography: Interpreted Reality, Building a Personal Project: 6, 13, 20 & 27 Oct.


10, rue Tiphaine

75015 Paris, France


Paris Art Studies

Paris Special Exhibitions

Thursday 1 October, 9:15 – 11:45 am

Florentine Portraits in the Court of the Medici: Bronzino, Salviati, Pontormo.

(22 September 2015 to 17 January 2016)

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée Jacquemart André with Chris Boïcos

This is a very special exhibition tracing the evolution of the Renaissance portrait in Florence from the time of the late Republic (1494-1512) to that of the ducal court of the Medici (1512-1599). From the early portraits of prominent Florentine men and women emphasizing Roman-inspired virtue and stoicism, to the aristocratic luxury and elegance of the Medici era and the increasing preciousness and taste for complex allegory of late Mannerism, this is a fascinating panorama of major figures and the social values of the 16th century Renaissance. Forty major portraits by Rosso Fiorentino, Andrea del Sarto, Alessandro Allori, Francesco Salviati, Pontormo, Bronzino and Santi di Tito have been lent to the exhibition by the Florentine museums, the Louvre, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt and the British Royal collections.

Place: Entrance of Musée Jacquemart-André 158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008.

Métro: Miromesnil (line 12).

Time: 10 am for 10:15 am start. Please bring 13 € in exact change for museum ticket and the headphones.

Thursday 8 October, 10:15 – 12 noon

Splendor and Misery: Images of Prostitution in Art, 1850-1910

(22 September 2015 to 17 January 2016)

Visit to the exhibition at the Musée d'Orsay with Chris Boïcos

This is the first great exhibition ever organized in France on one of the most popular and controversial subjects of art and culture in 19th century France. Many French artists beginning with Manet and his infamous "Olympia" of 1863 will attempt to portray prostitution as a way of both defining femininity or the female nude in modern art, but also as a way of depicting and commenting on the social customs and undercurrents of the new industrial age. Street and brothel prostitutes, actresses, demi-mondaines and the "pierreuses" of Montmartre are the subjects of fascinating works by Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Forain, Munch, van Dongen, Picasso and many more major European artists of the period.

Place: Group entrance B – Musée d'Orsay 75007.

Métro: RER Musée d'Orsay (line C) or Solférino (line 12).

Time: 10 am for 10:15 am start. Please bring 13 € in exact change for museum ticket and the headphones.

Thursday 15 October, 5:15 - 7 pm – Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Le Brun

(23 September 2015 - 11 January 2016)

Visit to the exhibition at the Grand Palais with Chris Boïcos

This, the first retrospective devoted to the works of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755 - 1842) ever held in France, presents an artist whose life stretched from the reign of Louis XV to that of Louis-Philippe. Her career as a fashionable portraitist of Paris and Versailles society of the pre-revolutionary era bloomed when she became the favorite portraitist of Queen Marie Antoinette. Vigée-Le Brun used her own self-portraits to assert her status but also to advertise her style to her clients. She invented a popular way of portraying ladies as elegant but also tender and maternal paragons. Dispensing with corsets, elaborate coiffures and the ribbons and hoops of the 1770's she created a free and flowing feminine silhouette with hair loosely bound in turbans, which looks forward to the Directoire and Empire styles. Fleeing France at the advent of the revolution she had to bravely restart her career in the foreign courts of Europe ending up in St Petersburg, where her portraits were immensely successful, before returning to France under Napoleon. This is a great opportunity to re-asses the career of one of the most celebrated women artists of the early modern era.

Place: Group and cardholders entrance outside exhibition at the Grand Palais.

Métro: Champs-Elysées Clémenceau (lines 1 and 13).

Time: 5 pm for 5:15 pm entry. Please bring 18 € in exact change for museum ticket (16 €) and earphones (2 €).

Thursday 22 October, 11:30 am – 1 pm

Fantastic! Visionary Prints from Goya to Redon (1 October 2015 to 17 January 2016)

Visit to the exhibition at the Petit Palais with Chris Boïcos

This a major exhibition of 170 prints by the artists of the Romantic and Symbolist eras whose work is inspired by imagination, dreams, nightmares and the first important delving into the unconscious, a few decades before it was made fashionable by Dr Freud. Beginning with the pioneer of fantastic or horrifying visions who is the great Spanish artist, Francisco Goya, the exhibition will be presenting masterpieces, some little known, from the collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale and the Petit Palais by great French artists like Eugène Delacroix, Gustave Doré and the evocative, mystery laden lithographs of Odilon Redon.

Place: Stairs or lobby (if raining) of Petit Palais avenue Winston Churchill 75008.

Métro: Champs-Elysées- Clemenceau (lines 1, 13).

Time: 11:15 for 11:30 am start. Please bring 7 € in exact change for museum ticket.

We have 10 pre-bought group tickets.

Thursday 29 October, 10:30 am - 12 noon – Musée Gustave Moreau

Visit to the re-furbished museum with Chris Boïcos

Probably the most original 19th century museum in Paris with a true Victorian atmosphere. Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) was an artist who broke with both Impressionism and Realism in the 1860's to create a unique visionary style based on imagination and myth. He had a great impact on the Symbolist generation of the end of the century, the Surrealists and also taught Henri Matisse and Georges Rouault. The museum was originally the artist's house and studio and houses dozens of paintings, drawings and gouaches of languid, destructive ladies (Salome, Helen of Troy) and languid, dying young men (Orpheus, Prometheus) painted in a rich, jewel-like manner. Beautiful custom-made cabinets for the artist's drawings and watercolors, old fashioned glass cases for his sculpture, and his richly decorated and newly restored apartment add to the period beauty of the museum. This was the Surrealists' favorite haunt in the 1920's.

Place: Meet in Gustave Moreau museum lobby - 14, rue de la Rochefoucauld 75009.

Métro: Trinité (line 12)

Time: 10:15 for 10:30 am entry. Please bring 6 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket.

Course Fees: 130 € for all 7 sessions, 120 € for 6 sessions, 100 € for 5 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