Culture

Meeting with Khadija al-Salami

     On May 10, AAPA members were treated to a viewing of Yememi filmmaker Khadija al-Salami's  "Amina,'' followed by a thoughtful discussion about the current situation in Yemen and the Middle East. The event was hosted by AAPA President John Keating at his apartment. Ms. al-Salami, who lives in Paris, is considered to be the first female filmmaker & producer in Yemen. Originally…


A Preview of My Fair Lady

  Days before it opened to raving critics and enthusiastic audiences, more than  30 AAPA members and guests enjoyed a sneak preview of the popular musical "My Fair Lady" at the Chatelet Theater on Dec. 3.    The show's lively, creative director, Jean-Luc Choplin  spent nearly an hour with us, answering questions about challenges of presenting  a musical in English with  French  subtitles . He…


Douglas Kennedy Meets The Press

A crowd of more than 50 people filled John Morris' loft Nov. 22 to hear best-selling novelist Douglas Kennedy talk about himself, his art and his vision of the world.  Kennedy, whose 1998 novel "The Big Picture" has recently been made into a box hit of a movie in France, “L'Homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie," has sold millions of books worldwide. Kennedy explained how he organizes his writing, and…


Une Grande Dame De La Chanson Française

Committee Member Bill Diem Basks In The StarlightEager to meet a 1940s existentialist icon turned grande dame of la chanson française up-close, a group of AAPA members gathered Oct. 28 in an ideal Left Bank setting: the plush red velvet-armchaired Empire-style bar of L'Hôtel on the rue des Beaux-Arts (where the Association celebrated its 100th anniversary in December 2007). Our guest? Juliette…


Members discuss wine crisis, worst in 35 years

As Joe Ray wrote recently about a subject dear to many of our hearts, they say it's the worst wine crisis in France in 35 years. In Bordeaux, they say that it's the worst in 150 years. The problem? The numbers are down. Wine consumption within the country is beginning to lose out to beer and responsibility behind the wheel, while beyond French borders the rest of the world's winemakers are…