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by Lisa Cheng
English Speaking Paris

An African-American Celebration: Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates will speak about the history of African-Americans in Paris. July 3, 6:30pm, 17 rue de la Sorbonne, 5e Amphitheater Louis Liard. Info: 01 43 26 12 88/

Parler/Parlor, the French/English conversation group hosts its July 4 Independence Day Barbecued Ribs Party. The 150F menu includes barbecued ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert and beverages. July 4, 7pm, Au Feu Follet, 5 rue Raymond Losserand, reservations: 01 40 27 97 59

The American Church movie group heats up the summer with social commentary on the ’60s and ’80s in America: “Easy Rider” and “American Psycho.” Like your summer viewing lighter? Try the films “Jet Set” and “Liste d’attente.” See any or all at your convenience, then join the group for discussion. July 20 & Aug 17 (call for August titles), 7:30pm, 65 quai d’Orsay, 7e, Mº Invalides, tel: 01 48 00 96 84

Discussion Groups
Metaphysical Café A meeting of minds to discuss spiritual topics in English. July 6 & Aug 3, 7pm, Le François Coppée, 1 bd du Montparnasse, 6e, Mº Duroc, tel: 01 42 22 82 51

Philosophize about “Male/Female” considerations at a Philosphical Barbecue moderated by Gale Prawda. July 9, 1:30pm, Chez Prawda, 26 rue de l’Avenir, Vanves, Mº Corentin Celton, info: 01 40 95 05 67

Discussion around the theme of “Passion” at the Café Philosophique. Led by Gale Prawda. July 15, 6pm, Les 7 Lézards, 10 rue des Rosiers, 4e, Mº St-Paul, info: 01 40 95 05 67

Book events
Canada Day (July 1} at the Abbey Bookshop: Sheila MacLeod Arnopoulos reads from her novel of urban life “Jackrabbit Moon,” and Richard Bringhurst, a speaker at the colloquium on “Northwest Coast Ethnology,” who is the author of “A Story as Sharp as a Knife, The Classical Mythtellers and their world” presents his poetry, then discusses tales and legends of the Haida. 29 rue de la Parcheminerie, 5e, Mº St-Michel, tel: 01 46 33 16 24

A reading by the authors in residence at the Paris Writers Workshop: Brad Leithauser, Mary Jo Salter, Lee Gutkind and Cole Swenson. July 5, 7pm, Village Voice, 6 rue Princesse, 6e, Mº Mabillon, tel: 01 46 33 36 47

Cartooning workshops for children 7 and up at the American Library in Paris. July 6, 10:30-11:30am & 2:30-3:30pm, 10 rue du Général Camou, 7e, Mº Ecole Militaire, tel: 01 53 59 12 60

Polly Platt launches and discusses her new book “Savoir Flair! — 211 Tips for enjoying France and the French,” July 12, 8pm at The Abbey Bookshop, 29 rue de la Parcheminerie, 5e, Mº St-Michel, tel: 01 46 33 16 24. And a further signing is scheduled July 22, 2:30pm at WH Smith, 248 rue de Rivoli, 1er, Mº Concorde, tel: 01 44 77 88 99

French poet Pascale Petit reads from her book “Heart of a Deer” accompanied by ecologist and poet Robert Minhinnick, winner of the Forward Prize 2000. Tea and Tattered Pages, July 31, 7pm, 24 rue Mayet, 6e, Mº Duroc, tel: 01 40 65 94 35

Paris-based American artist Sean McGinnis showcases his bold near-fauvist figurative paintings in an exhibition organized by the Nomade gallery/site. July 2-29, Théâtre des Déchargeurs, 3 rue des Déchargeurs, 1er, Mº Châtelet

Ealy Mays
exhibits at the Cité Internationale des Arts. The opening will be followed by a screening of Omonike Akinyemi’s “Nelly’s Bodega,” a short feature film recently screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Opening July 12, 6-8pm, exhibit July 13-22, 18 rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 4e, Mº Pont Marie, tel: 01 42 78 71 72

English sculptor Kathy Whybrow Attas exhibits figurative and symbolic works. July 21 to Aug 2, Orangerie du Sénat, 6e, RER Luxembourg

On Stage
A woman talks to her silent lover in “Take the Fire,” a play translated and adapted from works by Jean Cocteau, with original music composed by Perrin Allen. Presented by the Glasshouse Theatre Company under the direction of Andrew Wale. July 11-28, 7pm, Théâtre les Déchargeurs, 3 rue des Déchargeurs, 1er, Mº Châtelet/Les Halles, reservations: 01 42 36 00 02, 80F/50F

Three Americans in Paris:: Dave Fulton, Tom Rhodes & Eddy Strange A veritable mini-American comedy festival when this crazed trio of Yanks come to Paris to goof around in Europe’s best comedy venue. July 16, 17 & 18, 8:30pm, Hôtel du Nord, 102 quai de Jemmapes, 10e, Mº République, tel: 01 53 19 98 98

Support Groups
FACTS (Free AIDS Counseling Treatment and Support) hold regular support groups at their offices, 190 bd de Charonne, 20e, Mº Philippe Auguste

ACA (Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families), a 12-step group, offers support for people dealing with negative feelings from the past. Meetings Fri, 7-8:30pm, Eglise Réformée du Saint Esprit, 5 rue Roquépine, 8e, Mº St-Augustin

Alcoholics Anonymous English-speaking meetings in Paris every day, tel: 01 46 34 59 65

SOS Help English-speaking crisis line. Call: 01 47 23 80 80

Tom Rhodes

Kathy Whybrow Atlas