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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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