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Art Exhibitions

Paintings by Oliver Bevan

The Fine Arts Gallery

The American University of Paris

6, rue de Colonel Combes

75007 Paris

Oliver Bevan, an accomplished English painter who now resides in southern France, will be showing his paintings from March 19 through April 7.

The opening will take place Thursday, March 19, 18:00-20:30, 6 rue Colonel Combes, Paris, 75007.

Mr. Bevan will give a talk on his work at 17:00 in room C104 at the same Combes address, followed by the opening.


Rétrospective 2006 - 2014

30 artistes internationaux

du 27 février au 5 avril 2015

En ce début d'année 2015, dorothy's gallery, American Center for the Arts continue la métamorphose de son espace et l'élargissement de ses activités artistiques et culturelles. A la fois galerie d'art contemporain et centre culturel américain/international, le visiteur découvre l'art sous toutes ses formes, de manière ludique et insolite.

Pluralité des espaces

Au sein de l'exposition « Espace art shop », proposée du 27 février au 5 avril 2015, une pluralité d'espaces s'offre au visiteur. Chacun enrichit ses connaissances de l'art contemporain, peut créer sa propre collection d'art et participer à des soirées culturelles engagées et originales.

dorothy's gallery, American Center for the Arts

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

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

Julie Erikssen / Rémi Jeannin / Lionel Boccara

Julie Erikssen - Chant

Rémi Jeannin - Orgue

Lionel Boccara - Batterie

Jeudi 26 mars à 19h30 au Victoria

64 rue Pierre Charron, Paris 8e, M° Franklin D. Roosevelt / George V

Tel : 01 43 59 93 55

Entrée gratuite.

Gabriela Arnon

Saturday, March 28 at 8:00pm

Delta Marbleu, 26 rue du Delta, Paris 9e

Kay Bourgine Band

at Le Sunside

60 rue des Lombards, 75001 Paris

le dimanche 29 mars

à 20h30

Literary Events

The American Library in Paris

Upcoming Events and Programs

Tuesday 17 March | 19h30

Jason Rodriguez and Laurent Seksik - Graphic novel

panel discussion

Two comic book writers Jason Rodriguez and Laurent Seksik will discuss their work and the power of visual storytelling.

Tuesday 31 March | 19h30

Eduardo Halfon - Evenings with an Author

Eduardo Halfon will talk about two of his recently translated books The Polish Boxer and Monastery, exploring cultural identity.

Wednesday 1 April | 19h30

Annie Cohen-Solal - Evenings with an Author

Annie Cohen-Solal will speak about her latest book Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel.

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

Thursday 26th March 7pm

Emily St. John Mandel on Station Eleven.

Monday 30th March 7pm

Maggie Gee on Virginia Woolf in Manhattan. 

37 rue de la Bûcherie

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


presents a double bill of short plays by

Deirdre Ruth Ryan


Dr. Ronald Hill



"Whatever your heart desires...."

HER (by RH)

The absurdities of relationships : two men meet in a café to discuss a woman.

One is her husband, the other her lover.


"I suppose everyone has an obsession, a particular dream."




on Sunday, 29th March 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 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.

IS BEING FAITHFUL STILL POSSIBLE"? Paris Dinner Party With Fun Speaker In English.

Sunday, March 29 at 7:00pm

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

A Tasting Tour of Bordeaux; 20 Mar.

Spring Clean Your Machine: Keeping Your PC Lean and Mean; 1, 8, 15 Apr.

NEW! Perfumes of CHANEL: From Revolution to Eternity; 2 Apr.

Creative Writing and Literature

NEW! How to Write a Novel Part II; 31 Mar, 7, 14 Apr, 19, 26 May, 2, 9, 16 Jun.

Cultural Studies

Paris When it Flickers: Part I; 18 Mar.

Paris When It Flickers: Part II; 25 Mar.

Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part IV; 26 Mar.

NEW! French Film Musicals; Why are there so few?; 2 April.

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

All languages (English, French, German and Spanish)

Paris Walks and Visits

Paris Walks - Jardin du Luxembourg and Surroundings; 25 Mar.

NEW! Art Collecting ABCs: See whats new this Spring; 3 & 10 Apr.

Visual Arts

Fearless Photography: Part II; 21 Mar.

NEW! Painting for Pleasure: Watercolors & Acylics - April/May Sessions

NEW! Figure Drawing: One Step at a Time - April/May Sessions


10, rue Tiphaine

75015 Paris, France


Paris Art Studies

The Story of the Portrait in European Art with Chris Boïcos

Part 6: The Romantic Period - European portraits 1800 - 1848

The Revolutionary changes of the late 18th century and the age of Napoleon will have a great impact on European society and also on the portrait. The rise of a new class of wealthy profiteers and a new aristocracy under Napoleon in France will be recorded by all the painters from Gerard, Prud'hon, Gros to Ingres who were David's assistants and followers. The inner life of artists, musicians, poets but also sensitive patrons will give rise to a new kind of intense, psychological portrait, that of the Romantic creator or dandy, in the work of Goya, Géricault, Delacroix and the Northern romantics, Friedrich and the great Dane, Kobke. In England the unperturbed life of the of the upper classes will be recorded in a less intense but superbly elegant manner by painters like Lawrence.

Friday 27 March - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture – The Romantic Portrait in France and Spain from Goya to Géricault and Delacroix.

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:‎

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 3 April - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture– French Portraiture under the Second Empire, the new painters: Courbet, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Tissot and Degas.

Friday 10 April - 10:30 am – 12 noon – Slide lecture – The Impressionist portrait in the 1870's: Manet, Degas, Monet, Morisot, Renoir.

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 2 April - 11:30 am - 1:00 pm– Jeanne Lanvin

Visit to the exhibition at the Palais Galliera (8 March - 23 August 2015) with Dimitri Papalexis.

The Palais Galliera, in close collaboration with Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin, is honouring the oldest French fashion house still in business. This first Paris exhibition devoted to Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) features over a hundred models from the collections of the Palais Galliera and the Lanvin house. Mademoiselle Jeanne began her career as a milliner in 1885 and opened her first boutique in 1889, eventually moving to her celebrated shop on 22 Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré in the late 1890's. Her only daughter, Marguerite, born in 1897, became her primary source of inspiration. In 1908, Jeanne Lanvin created the first fashion line for children's clothes. She is the first fashion designer to conceive of couture as a specialty business. She opened a Young Ladies' and Women's department, a line specializing in brides' wear, departments for lingerie and furs, interior decoration and sport by the 1920's. In 1926 she also launched a men's fashion department. She opened branch shops in Deauville, Biarritz, Barcelona, Buenos-Aires, Cannes, and Le Touquet... In 1927, she celebrated her daughter's 30th birthday with the creation of the legendary perfume Arpège with the famous logo designed by Paul Iribe still featured on Lanvin creations to this day.

Place: Meet in lobby of Musée Galliera, 10 avenue Pierre Ier de Serbie 75116.

Métro: Iéna (line 9).

Time: Meet 11:10 for 11:30 entry. Please bring 6 € in exact change for ticket.

Thursday 9 April - 10:30 am to 12 noon (time to be confrmed)

The new 18th century furniture galleries at the Louvre

Visit to the Louvre with Decorative Arts historian and curator Rebecca Tilles

The Louvre's collection of eighteenth-century decorative art – royal furniture, decorative bronzes, rugs, tapestries, gold and silver ware, porcelain, jewelry and scientific instruments – is one of the richest and most comprehensive collections of its kind in the world. The new exhibition spaces in the Louvre, inaugurated last year, were designed by the renowned architect Jacques Garcia. The chronological itinerary retraces changing tastes from the reign of Louis XIV to the end of the Ancien Régime with Marie-Antoinette, enabling the visitor to discover the refined social graces and art of living, as well as the excellent savoir-faire of the French eighteenth century. Our guide, Rebecca Tilles, is an 18th century specialist who has curated major decorative arts exhibitions at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

Place: Information desk inside Louvre Pyramid.

Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre. (lines 1, 7)

Time: to be confirmed. Please buy your own ticket to the Louvre.

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