Paint-In Gets Go Ahead

photo: frank watson says

This is made up - Frank Watson didn't really say this.

News from the 'Café Metropole Club'

Paris:- Thursday, 20. May 1999:- As I did last week, I've included a few new letters from reader's - downpage - and I'm thinking of Denise Fondren's jab in the ribs about the Club becoming like 'office hours.'

The idea has certainly increased the incoming email; all of which gets answered. Nobody has written to say I shouldn't do this Café Metropole Club thing.

To get it started, it seems as if there shouldn't be too much work to do. But in a way, it has already started, and I feel that it is already generating more work. The reason I proposed it in the first place is that I know that I'll have the time to spend on it in the future - but, now there is still first and foremost the weekly magazine taking up nearly all the time.

Last week I talked to Herb Malsman's 'Visions by Herb' microphone for three hours, and the weekend before I talked for three hours with Frank Watson, from Uppsala, Sweden.

Here is what Frank had to say about it - after a 40-hour bus ride back to Uppsala:

poster: cirque romana, not club
This is made up too - Frank Watson didn't really
suggest the Cirque Romana as a clubhouse.

Email from Frank Watson, via the Internet: Tuesday, 18. May 1999:-

Hey Rick!

Paris was wonderful, I really love that town. I'm not much for cities but somehow, even though Paris is ever much a city with concrete, gas fumes and all, it doesn't seem like a city. Just a big... Paris.

I got a lot of thoughts running around in my head after our conversation and your thoughts on the Café Metropole Club - Bunnies indeed, I was telling you to hold your camera level!

It's interesting to note that in the midst of the Information Technology age and virtual reality running out your ears , that the tourist industry is bigger than ever.

Just as information is not knowledge, knowledge is not experience. Everybody knows there is something called the Eiffel Tower in Paris and knows exactly what it looks like. But until they've been there and seen and experienced it, it isn't their Eiffel Tower.

That's why I come to Paris: to experience it and that's why I got in touch with you. You write the text for Metropole, but you're more than Metropole.

The voice, the person, the gestures, the asides, the interruptions, the sun, the people walking by, at the next table - all this was part of Paris and will be part of the Café Metropole Club. See you in Paris!

Next Saturday - Champs-Elysées Paint-In

Last week I was not absolutely certain that I would be assigned an entry to the 'paint-in' on the Champs-Elysées, but it has been confirmed.

Also, just so you don't think it will be all fun and games, as we artists are apt to say - the organizers alsoposter: art competition champs elysees sent a 'press' invitation, so I will have to cover the event for Metropole as well. While painting, signing possible autographs for Café Metropole Club members, I will have to 'cover' me in words and photos, in other words.

This will badly conflict with my plans to work no more than two 35-hour weeks per week. However I am counting on the assistance of future Club member, Don Smith or Seattle, to do some of the photography on the occasion.

One of the ideas for the actual Club, when it is in operation, is to ask 'members' to allow themselves to be photographed when they visit it. After I get a bit of an interview, the members' visits to the Club will be put online - on this page, on this day - if this is the day of the week eventually chosen.

In this way you'll be at once in the 'real' Club, and very shortly thereafter, in the 'virtual' Club as well.

This will not be the case for next Saturday's 'Faites de la Peinture sur les Champs-Elysées.' With Don Smith's help, we will have enough fingers to do it - but I won't have the tools to make it happen - mobile reporting - until about the time the Club changes from the imaginary to real.

About the Paint-In

The area of the Champs-Elysées where this paint-in will take place is from the Etoile to the Place de la Concorde - along all of it in other words. My start-time is 11:30 and I'm thinking of setting up shop near the intersection of George V, on the north side of the avenue.

The weather is very unsettled these days; and I do not know what will happen if there's too much rain to paint. In case of it, I will wear - for the first time - my Toronto Police Chief's official tractor driver's cap.

This competition first took place in 1997. It is sponsored by the Mairie de Paris - the city hall - of the 8th arrondissement, the magazine 'La Revue des Artistes' and by the Comité desposter: invitation presse Champs-Elysées. The prize-winning entries will be displayed from 6. to 14. September at the Mairie of the 8th arrondissement.

Besides drawing and coloring in this live art show, I will certainly be reporting on it for Metropole's issue 4.22, due online on Monday, 1. June. If any readers are on hand to cheer me on, whistle, sing, look over my shoulder - whatever spectators do at painting shows - you will be welcome.

I hope to see you on the Champs-Elysées next Saturday.

Reminder - Latin Quarter Paint Show

Unrelated to the above event, over 100 art galleries located in the Latin Quarter will be having an 'open day' on normally-closed, next Sunday, 30. May. This will be preceded by an 'open evening' on Thursday, 27. May.

The area in question is roughly between the Seine and the Rue de Buci on the south, and between the Rue Dauphine in the east and the Rue Bonaparte to the west.

The 'art' in the open galleries includes every sort, and with the main event being on a Sunday when this compact area is calmer than other days, this is sort of a rare chance to see a lot with a certain ease.

Reader's Reactions to the Café Metropole Club:

Email from Denise Fondren, via the Internet: Monday, 17. May 1999:-

Hi Ric,

Oh careful, the Club Metropole sounds very much like office hours! Seriously, I think it is a good idea. In this week's issue you said you are moving inside the Perifreak! What taking the kiddie's out of suburbia? Mon dieu. It is my dream, I am very jealous.

Hey, will you be selling Club Metropole t-shirts over the net? If so, sign me up. I will definitely stop by next time I am in heaven - I mean Paris.

Email from David Leslie, via the Internet: Wednesday, 19. May 1999:-

Great idea!

Email from Ms. Kaoru Ichijo, via the Internet: Friday, 21. May 1999:-

Dear Ric,

I've got your e-mail and have seen this week M.P's Club News. It makes me smile and smile. I don't see the M.P. page every day, so I am late for reply. I can't say when I will go to Paris next time, but I would go to real 'Cafe Metropole Club' to see you, after September. I'll keep that time saved to say "Hello" in Japanese - but give you today's phrase to say "See You Again." We say "Matane!" It sounds like 'ma-ta-ne.' Please pronounce the vowel a little strongly.

And Ric Says:

These three letters sum up club correspondence for the past week. Denise wants to know about the club's t-shirts, for David Leslie it is still a 'great idea' and Ms. Kaoru Ichijo is getting me started on Japanese - so the club will be able to be polite in many more languages than I had originally predicted.


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