food and drink
community calendar
by Cara Schenk
English Speaking Paris


“Bloom Where You're Planted.”
29th annual three-day Newcomers’ Orientation Program on adapting to life in France includes seminars; guest speakers; tips on culture and community involvement; practical information on everyday life; children’s activities; enjoying France’s food, fashion, travel and culture; representatives from clubs, organizations and schools; as well as the “Bloom Where You’re Planted Guide to Living in Paris.” Oct 5, 12 & 19, 9am to 4pm, the American Church in Paris, 65, quai d'Orsay, 7e, tel:, admission: 150F.


The Information Center provides free access to its anglophone database and referral service which includes a library of reference books, catalogs and maps, as well as computerized information covering a wide range of social and cultural activities. The Franco-American Community Center, the American Church in Paris, 65, quai d’Orsay, 7e, M° Invalides/Alma-Marceau, tel:


Volunteers needed for AIDS charity. FACTS (Free AIDS Counseling, Treatment and Support) seeks help-line “listeners” and volunteers for its newsletter, fundraising, publicity and “education in schools” projects. Recruitment sessions: Oct 2 at 11am and Oct 5 at 7:30pm. FACTS, 190, bd de Charonne, 20e, M° Philippe Auguste/Alexandre Dumas. Call for more details.


14th Annual Paris College Day. Learn more about higher education opportunities in the USA and in American accredited colleges in Europe at this free admission open house. More than 50 colleges and universities represented. Oct 3, 2-5pm, Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel, 115, av Emile Zola, 15e, M° Emile Zola / Charles Michels.


“Cheap Art Market.” Choose from over 200 original objets d'art by 20 local artists at this Willy Wonka-eque Montmartre art gallery, prices from 35F to 3500F each. To Oct 6, Art’s Factory, 48, rue d’Orsel, 18e, M° Anvers/ Pigalle/ Abbesses, tel:, closed Mon.

Toastmasters 75. International clubs organization hosts two sessions designed to improve management skills such as leadership and public speaking. Oct 7 & 21, 7:30pm. For complete information, call: Kimi Marias, tel: or e-mail:

SOS Help. An English-speaking crisis line based in France, which has served the Paris community for the past 25 years, seeks volunteers for listening and administrative roles. Recruitment session Oct 11, 6:30pm, the American Church in Paris, 65, quai d’Orsay, 7e, M° Invalides,/Alma-Marceau, tel:

WICE Open House. Learn about community events and programs and save 100F on membership. Oct 13, 2-7:30pm, WICE, 20, bd du Montparnasse, 15e, M° Duroc or Falguière, tel:

Red Cross First Aid Certification aimed to help participants keep cool in a crisis and help save a life. Oct 20, WICE, 20, bd du Montparnasse, 15e, M° Duroc or Falguière, tel:

Career Networking Session
. The Center for Awareness and Action, an anglophone, non-profit association dedicated to personal and professional development, hosts a Career Network Session Oct 21, 4-6pm, call for details.

“Ghoulish games and Halloween fun!” Children 6-8-years-old are invited to disguise themselves in scary costumes for a Halloween party with games, haunted tales and treats for all. Sat, Oct 30, 10:30-11:30am, the American Library in Paris, 10, rue du Général Camou, 7e, Mº Ecole Militaire, tel:


Discussion Groups

Metaphysical Café. Spiritual discussion and meditation group hosted by Jane Grey, tel:

Café Philosophique.
Lively philosophical discussions on various topics take place the first Wed of every month (in English). Oct 6, 7pm, Café de Flore, 172, bd St-Germain, 6e, M° St-Germain-des-Prés, tel:

Café Philosophique
Theme Discussion: “Money: Friend or Foe?” Oct 17, 6pm, Les 7 Lézards, 10, rue des Rosiers, 4e, M° St-Paul, tel:, 30F/20F.

Philosophical Dinner
on the theme of “Truth.” Oct 19, 7:30pm, Carnard’Avril, 5, rue Paul Lelong, 2e, M° Bourse, tel:, 225F/200F.


Free Weekly Concerts. Classical music recitals are held every Sunday at 6pm at the American Church in Paris, 65, quai d’Orsay, 7e, M° Invalides/Alma-Marceau.


Wendy MacLeod’s “Apocalyptic Butterflies,” an English-language comedy about married life told through the trials of a young couple from Fryeburg, Maine, directed by Thomas Kaufman and starring Jeffrey Bracco, Mirabelle Kirklad, Courtney Kraus and Dorothy Constantine. Oct 26 to Dec 18, Tue-Sat, 9pm, Théâtre de Nesle, 8, rue de Nesle, 6e, M° Odéon or Pont Neuf, tel:, tickets: 90F/70F (Oct 26-30, two seats for the price of one).

Cynthia Heimel’s “A Girl's Guide to Chaos,” tells the plight of the post-modern American feminist through a commentary on the single woman of the 1990s and her endless search for a boyfriend. To Dec 29, 7pm, Théâtre du Petit Hébertot, 78 bis, bd des Batignolles, 17e, M° Rome / Villiers, tel:, tickets : 100F/70F.

“Waiting for Godot,”
Samuel Beckett's classic comedy runs through Jan 1 at the Théâtre du Petit Hébertot, 78 bis, bd des Batignolles, 17e, M° Rome / Villiers, tel:, tickets : 100F/70F.

“Dr. Kheal” and “The Same Old Story.”
La Compagnie du Horla continues its “back-to-back” double bill of satirical shorts. Maria Irene Fornés’ “The Same Old Story” is a ribald take on the kind of liberal machismo which promotes female sexual desire as long as women bear all the consequences, while Dario Fo/Franca Rama's "Dr. Kheal" is a wacky send-up of academia in which a crazed professor asserts his intellectual prowess over an imagined college classroom. To Oct 29, Tue-Thu, 9pm, Théâtre des 3 Bornes, 32, rue des Trois Bornes, 11e, M° Parmentier, tel:, 50F.

Phyllis Roome stars in this solo musical act — accompanied on piano by Mathieu Elfassi. A young English woman arrives at the Gare du Nord with nothing but her bicycle, her backpack, and plenty of romantic notions about Paris. To Oct 28, Théâtre des Déchargeurs, 3, rue des Déchargeurs, 1er, M° Châtelet/Les Halles, tel:, tickets: 80F/60F.

Walking Tours

High Tea & Haute Couture, an afternoon of shopping and a “civilized respite” on the Right or Left Bank with bilingual tour guide Gentry Lane. Customized tours available. Call for more information.

Support groups

The Cancer Support Group, sponsored by the Junior Service League. Open to patients who have received a cancer diagnosis and are following a course of treatment, to those who are in remission or experiencing a re-occurrence, as well as to their relatives. Attended by trained facilitators offering information and support. Free weekly meetings. English Support Group: French Support Group:

Overeaters Anonymous
can help with food obsessions like compulsive overeating, under-eating or dieting... binge-starve cycles, bulimia and anorexia. English-speaking meetings on Saturdays, 11am to 12:30pm, the American Church, 65, quai d’Orsay, 7e, M° Invalides; and in the Saint-Lucien room on the 2nd floor of the Eglise St-Germain l’Auxerrois, on Sundays from 6-7:30pm.

FACTS (Free AIDS Counseling, Treatment and Support)
is forming groups for people with HIV, free of charge, starting this autumn. Explore alternative therapies (Tai Chi, Chinese medicine) and/or join a support group. For more information, call:

ACA (Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families),
a 12-step group to help participants work through negative feelings from the past meets Fridays 7-8:30pm, Eglise Réformée du Saint Esprit, 5, rue Roquépine, 8e, M° St-Augustin, tel:

Barbara Porter sculpture

Judith Burnett and Dona Westberg in "Back to Back" at Théâtre des 3 Bornes

Phyllis Roome in "Angloklaxons