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Art Exhibitions

ink drawings by Stefan Kaufmann, aka Junkie Monkey

The Fine Arts Gallery

The American University of Paris

6, rue de Colonel Combes

75007 Paris

April 9 -27

Black & White

20 artistes - Photographie, Peinture, Dessin, Gravure, Collage, Art Digital

Richard Allen - Katy Anderson - Jonathan French - Maurizio Galimberti - Kimberly Gremillion - Burt Hollander - Kanda - Jean Marcellino - Percy Martin - Michel Medinger – Patrick Medrano - Donald Mitchell - Alain Quemper - Paula Rosa - Brigitte Rutenberg - Artur do Cruzeiro Seixas - Catherine Seghers - Jen Sloan - William Tyler.

Du 9 au 30 avril 2015

27 rue keller, 75011 Paris / M° Bastille, Voltaire, Ledru-Rollin, Bréguet-Sabin

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

The Downtown Merrylegs

Charlie Seymour - chant/guitare

Melissa Cox - violon

Kevin Kretsch - guitare électrique, mandoline

Nico Roy - basse

Simon Clavel - batterie

Vendredi 17 avril, 21h

Le Pélican

6, rue des Vergers, 91510 Lardy (RER C)

Samedi 18 avril, 21h

Le Bar de la Plage

2, rue Stourm, 78730 St Arnoult en Yvelines

Dimanche 19 avril, 19h


3, bvd Richard Lenoir, 75012 Paris (métro Bastille ou Bréguet Sabin)


Chris Kenna - lead vocals & guitar

Gerard McFadden - double bass

Melissa Cox - piano

7pm till 10pm Thursday April 16th


Les 3 Seaux

58 rue de la Fontaine au Roi

Paris 11e.

Metro: Goncourt or Parmentier


9pm Friday April 17th


The Rota Bar

54 rue de Montreuil

Paris 11e.

Metro: Rue des Boulets or Faidherbe Chaligny


8pm Saturday April 18th


Les Deux Marches

22 rue de Bagnolet

Paris 20e.

Metro: Alexandre-Dumas


Chris Kenna - lead vocals & guitar

Gerard McFadden - double bass

Marty Vickers - drums

7pm till 10pm Sunday April 19th


Liberte Cafe

196 rue du Faubourg St Antoine

Paris 11e.

Metro: Faidherbe Chaligny

Kay Bourgine Band

Café Universel

Friday, April 17 at 9:00pm

267 Rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris

Sinfonietta Paris

Cocktails & Conversations

Music Program (duration: approximately 50 minutes)

Rachmaninoff | Trio élégiaque No.1 in G minor

Schubert | Piano Trio No.1 in B flat, D.898

Anne-Sophie le Rol, violin • Julie Sévilla-Fraysse, cello • Paloma Kouider, piano

Wine tasting to follow.

Jeudi, 16 Avril @ 20H

Institut finlandais



Vendredi, 17 Avril @ 20H

Institut finlandais



Institut finlandais - Cultural Centre

60 Rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris (click here to view map)

M : Cluny-La Sorbonne, Odéon, RER Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame

Literary Events

The American Library in Paris

Upcoming Events and Programs

Tuesday 21 April | 19h30

Meryle Secrest - Evenings with an Author

Meryle Secrest will present her fascinating biography of the influential Italian designer in Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography.

Wednesday 22 April | 19h30

Gregory Marchand - Evenings with a Chef

Owner/chef Gregory Marchand shares some of his most inspired and deeply original recipes from his first cookbook Frenchie: New Bistro Cooking.

Tuesday 28 April | 19h30

Languedoc-Roussillon wine worskop

Joshua Adler will be offering tastings from the new generation of Languedoc-Roussillon vintners. Cost: 35€ per person for the wine, cheese and charcuterie.

Wednesday 29 April | 19h30

James Hill - Evenings with a photojournalist

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer James Hill of The New York Times tells the stories behind a selection of his photographs.

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

Tuesday 21st April 7pm

A Celebration of Sphinx by Anne Garréta.

Monday 27th April 7pm

Dan Gunn on The Emperor of Ice-Cream.

37 rue de la Bûcherie

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



a reading of a play by

Christopher Lord


David Hatchitt, owner of the Cork Street gallery, thinks

his wife Ursula (a famous poet) has gone away for the weekend,

so he decides to try his luck with Katherine, the new girl

working at the gallery. As a first move, he decides to buy her

a luxurious French nightgown...





on Sunday, 19th April 2015 at 7.30 pm

Carr's Pub & Restaurant

1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris

Metro : Tuileries

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

Sun 19 April 2015. 19h

" LET'S CELEBRATE Dear Conjunction Theatre Company (DCTC), THE Paris English Language Theatre Company. Producer Michelle Washington Presents. Excerpts Of "Love Letters," A Pulitzer Prize Nominated Play By A.R.Gurney

€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

Knowledge Is Power: Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Lectures


Upcoming Courses

Art of Living in France

Sweet and Savory Pâté à Choux (Cream puffs, éclairs, gougères, gnocchi);6 May.

The Wines of Alsace: Fruit, Spice and Everything Nice; 29 May.

Creative Writing and Literature

Weekend Fiction Workshop; 30 & 31 May.

Cultural Studies

Escape from Abuse: A Woman's True Story; 6 May.

When Alzheimer's Strikes: A Way to Help; 27 May.

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

All languages (English, French, German, Spanish)

Paris Walks and Visits

Le Château de Maisons-Laffitte: An Architectural Masterpiece of Mansart; 6 May.

Paris Walks - Buttes Chaumont Quartier; 16 May.

Visual Arts

Figure Drawing: One Step at a Time; April/May sessions

Exploring Paris Through the Lens; May/June sessions


10, rue Tiphaine

75015 Paris, France


Paris Art Studies

The Story of the Portrait in European Art with Chris Boïcos

Part 7: Realism and Impressionism: The Bourgeois Portrait in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

Under the Second Empire of Napoleon III France enters its first Capitalist and industrial period. The old, laid-back images of aristocratic elegance and Romantic dandyism don't function anymore in a new and fast paced modern world. Portraitists must invent new conventions for depicting a nouveau-riche class of wealthy entrepreneurs but also middle class professionals. The need to create a new painting for a modern world makes this one of the most fascinating and experimental periods for the portrait. We will follow the portrait's evolution in France from the rebellious attitudes of Courbet in the 1850's to the birth of the modern portrait under Manet, Degas, Fantin-Latour, and Tissot in the 1860's and the early Impressionist period with Monet, Morisot and Renoir in the 1870's.

Friday 17 April - 11 am – 12:30 pm – Visit to the Musée d'Orsay – Realist and Impressionist portraiture: Courbet, Manet, Degas, Fantin-Latour, Tissot, Monet, Morisot, Renoir.

Meet by group entrance B on the left of main entrance.

Course fee: 60 € for the 3 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:‎

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.

Paris Special Exhibitions

with Art Historian Chris Boïcos,

Fashion historian Dimitri Papalexis

Thursday 16 April 6 to 7:45 pm – Diego Velazquez

Visit to the exhibition at the Grand Palais (25 March - 13 July 2015) with Chris Boïcos

Born in Seville in 1599, Velázquez is one of the most important figures in the history of art of all time. The leader of the Spanish school, official artist to King Philip IV at a time when Spain dominated the world, he was a contemporary of van Dyck, Bernini and Zubaran. Although he is still

one of the world's most famous and admired artists, no monographic exhibition in France has ever shown the public the genius of the man that Manet called the "painters' painter". The rarity of his paintings (scarcely more than 100) and their concentration in the Prado Museum make it particularly difficult to organize a full retrospective. However, the challenge was taken up by the Louvre and the Grand Palais joining forces with the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, with the generous support of the Prado. Among the outstanding loans to the show are masterpieces such as

Vulcan's Forge (Prado), Joseph's Bloody Coat Brought to Jacob (Escorial), the Rokeby Venus (London, National Gallery), the Portrait of Pope Innocent X (Rome, Galleria Doria Pamphilj), one of the greatest portraits ever painted. Newly discovered works will also be shown – sometimes for the first time: The Education of the Virgin (New Haven, Yale Art Gallery) andthe Portrait of the Inquisitor Sebastian de Huerta (private collection).

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

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

Time: 5:40 for 6 pm entry. Please bring 13 € in exact change for the exhibition ticket and 2 € for the earphones.

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

Rebecca Tilles is currently a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Sussex, UK. For the past 8 years, Rebecca worked as a curatorial research associate in decorative arts and sculpture in the Art of Europe Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and assisted with the exhibitions "Symbols of Power: Napoleon and the Art of the Empire Style, 1800-1815" (2007) and "Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection" (2009). She holds a BA in French and French Cultural Studies from Wellesley College and an MA in European Decorative Arts from The Bard Graduate Center in New York.

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:

Click to donate free mammograms

The Breast Cancer Site helps fund free mammograms for women in need. All you have to do is click.

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