May 19, 2013
Mary Stevenson Cassatt was one of the first American-born Impressionist painters. Though we often associate her with Philadelphia, she was born in 1844 in Allegheny City, Pa. (now part of Pittsburgh), and lived most of her life in Paris. Cassatt spent much of her youth in Europe. Her Philadelphia connection began in the 1860s, when she studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She was one of a group of female students who helped to introduce "life" classes - those dedicated to drawing from live models - by posing for one another.
April 24, 2013 |
PARIS - France legalized gay marriage Tuesday after a wrenching national debate that has exposed deep social conservatism in the nation's heartland and triggered huge protests in Paris from both sides of the divide. Legions of officers with water cannon braced outside the National Assembly for possible violence on an issue that galvanized the country's faltering right. The measure passed easily in the Socialist-majority Assembly, 331-225, just minutes after the president of the legislative body expelled a disruptive protester in pink, the color adopted by French opponents of gay marriage.
April 19, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES- "Simon Killer" is an amoral tale, and a cautionary one, that reminded me my mama was right when she said, "Never talk to strangers" and "Looks can be deceiving. " What is so disturbing about this contemporary noir is that Simon could easily be mistaken for just another American college boy wandering around Paris on break, one of those troubled, slightly broken intellectual types that women are forever trying to save. The truth takes shape over time, like a shadowy figure slowly emerging from the darkness.
February 24, 2013
A recent poll conducted by travel-dating website MissTravel.com showed a 22 percent increase in the number of members joining in search of a travel companion to accompany them on their business trips. But where is the best place to close the deal, and a date? Here is the site's list of Top 10 Destinations for Business and Romance. 10. Miami 9. Paris 8. Rio de Janeiro 7. Beijing 6. Barcelona, Spain 4. Las Vegas 3. Dubai 2. New York City 1. San Francisco
January 12, 2013 |
PARIS - Three female Kurdish activists were shot dead in what authorities called an "execution" in central Paris, prompting speculation that the long-running conflict between insurgents from the minority group and Turkey was playing out on French shores. The slayings - including reportedly of one of the founding members of the Kurdistan Workers Party - came as Turkey was holding peace talks with the party, which seeks self-rule for Kurds in the country's southeast, to try to persuade it to disarm.
December 27, 2012 |
Helene Kozak, 91, of Palmyra, a Jew who witnessed the Nazi invasion of her native France, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, of sepsis in Marlton. Born in Paris in 1920, Mrs. Kozak lived in the Pletzl, the Jewish quarter of the Fourth Arrondissement. Her family had moved into a Christian quarter of the city before German forces invaded. Mrs. Kozak's Christian neighbors kept the family's secret during the occupation, as soldiers lived in barracks nearby. When Allied forces liberated the city, a U.S. Army captain looking to buy perfume for his wife sought local help to avoid price-gouging.
December 2, 2012 |
FONTAINEBLEAU, France - The single line of Napoleon's secret code told Paris of his desperate, last order against the Russians: "At three o'clock in the morning, on the 22nd I am going to blow up the Kremlin. " By the time Paris received the letter three days later, the Russian czar's seat of power was in flames and the diminished French army was in retreat. Its elegantly calligraphic ciphers show history's famed general at one of his weakest moments. "My cavalry is in tatters, many horses are dying," dictated Napoleon, the once-feared leader showing the strain of his calamitous Russian invasion, which halved his army.
November 19, 2012 |
The City of Light shines year-round, but Paris has a special appeal in winter. Sure, the weather can be cold and rainy (the average high in January is 43), but if you dress in layers, you'll keep warm and easily deal with temperature changes as you go from cold streets to heated museums and cafes. Slow down and savor your favorite museums and monuments - spending one-on-one time with Mona and Venus is worth the extra clothes you had to pack. Attend a cooking demonstration, take a short course in art or architecture, or dabble in a wine-tasting class.
August 28, 2012 |
BEIRUT - A Syrian military helicopter crashed in a ball of fire Monday after apparently being hit during clashes between government forces and rebels in the capital Damascus, activists said, in a sign of the fighters' growing abilities as they struggle to topple President Bashar Assad's regime. A video posted on the Internet showed the chopper engulfed in flames and spinning out of control shortly before it hit the ground amid bursts of gunfire near a mosque. Rebels shout "Allahu Akbar!"
August 19, 2012 |
In 2 Days in New York , a follow-up to 2 Days in Paris , Julie Delpy is once again Marion, a neurotic, impulsive French ex-pat who can't quite get her life in order. In the 2007 release, she takes her American beau, played by Adam Goldberg , to Paris to try to put their relationship back on track. Visiting her colorfully eccentric parents and running into old boyfriends - lots of them - doesn't exactly help. In 2 Days in New York , which opened Friday at the Ritz Five, Delpy's character - a photographer of the artsy, self-reflecting kind - now lives in Manhattan.