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Paris Cafés—Their Stories and Histories

22may11:00 am12:15 pmParis Cafés—Their Stories and Histories11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Paris Cafés—Their Stories and Histories

Event Details

  • Gay Desert Guide's Fun & Games Dept. and present Paris Cafés—Their Stories and Histories
  • Come find out about Paris' soul—its cafés—and the amazing stories and history (plus literature and art!) that have taken place there!
  • Paris wouldn't be Paris without its cafés—the packed terraces where Parisians go to see and be seen. A simple coffee and a croissant come with a jolt of excitement when you have them in a Paris cafe. But more than a simple place to hang out, Paris' cafes have served for centuries as a laboratory of literature, art, and ideas.
  • Come experience the history of Paris' cafes with two ultimate devotees, Professor Lear and Edith de Belleville—and their august antecedents.
  • Come to the Cafe Procope, the oldest cafe in Paris, to celebrate Voltaire's literary successes. Congratulate Ben Franklin on finalizing the Treaty of Paris, which he edited at a corner table.
  • Let Oscar Wilde amuse you as you drink an elegant hot chocolate at the Café de la Paix.
  • Sip a Sun Also Rises Cocktail at midnight in Montparnasse's Select café with Hemingway and his new, magnetic friend Scott Fitzgerald.
  • Argue about cubism over a cold glass of rose on the Rotonde terrace with Picasso and Modigliani.
  • Exchange ideas about surrealism at the Café des Deux Magots as you drink absinthe with Dali André Breton.
  • Debate existentialism over a café crème at the café de Flore with Sartre and de Beauvoir. And go upstairs to see how Jimmie Baldwin's Giovanni's Room is coming along.
  • Come discover the mythical s cafés of Paris, where the history of literature and art was made!
  • Speaker Bios
    • A Parisian native, Edith de Belleville was an attorney at law for many, many years, but her passion for Paris and its history led her back to university (at the age of 50) to get her official tour guide license. Deeply inspired by Parisian women of the past, Edith decided to write a book, in French, entitled The Beautiful Rebels of Paris (Belles et Rebelles, Editions Erik Bonnier). Edith also teaches Jewish heritage in Paris at University Gustave Eiffel (Marne la Vallée), and has just finished a book in English about the fabulous life of a mature Parisian woman in the City of Light.
    • Andrew Lear is a renowned expert on same-sex relations in Greek and Roman antiquity. During his academic career, he taught at Harvard, Pomona College, and NYU. In recent years, he has founded Oscar Wilde Tours, the LGBTQ history and culture tour company and Shady Ladies Tours, a women's history and culture tour company. He is also working with actor/author Stephen Fry on a podcast about the "Scandals and Secrets of London's National Portrait Gallery."


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 12:15 pm


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