Jamika Ajalon is an Inter-disciplinary artist working as a poet, songwriter, performer and artist. She's published and performed internationally both solo and collaboratively. Jamika's words display a particular reverence for the sheer musical quality built-in to words. Often in both her writing and spoken word, she sculpts language into unique objects that come fresh to our ears. As result, her texts encourage us to meditate on tone and the percussive nature of words as single note or a connecting phrase – and of course, the overall meaning and power within the alternating delivery of her language.
Jamika will be presenting selected works from her latest book of poetry at WICE Saturday, April 13, 6-8pm combining spoken word alongside improvised electronic soundscape. Refreshments will be served. Words will be served to your ears!
Join instructor, Catherine Estivalezes, on this guided tour of the open air garden that is the infamous Père Lachaise cemetery for fascinating look at the final resting place for the Who’s Who of artists, musicians, actors, composers, scientists, and inventors. Among those buried there are Molière, Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin, Édith Piaf and Jim Morrison.
Père Lachaise, founded in 1804 by Napoléon, was one of the first garden cemeteries. With more than 3.5 million visitors annually, it is the most visited necropolis in the world. The garden is a mix between an English park and a shrine with a mix of styles featurturing Gothic graves, Haussmanian burial chambers, and ancient mausoleums.
Enjoy a glass of wine and meet, greet, and catch-up with fellow WICE members, friends, and volunteers.
Tuesday, April 30th / 5:30pm-7pm
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Vertical tastings, for those like me that aren't in the know, is when you’re tasting one bottling from one winery over the course of years, with multiple vintages. By making sure everything else stays the same (the land, the varietal, etc), you can simply examine between the years themselves. The influence of yearly climate is more present in this type of tasting.
Join wine expert Hélène Goble in this sampling of five different vintages from Château Corbin Wines, which is one of the oldest estates of Saint-Emilion, in Bordeaux. The 13-hectare Corbin vineyard is mainly planted with the merlot grape variety.
April 18, 2019 / 7:30PM-10:30PM
Location: Instructor's Residence, 75016 Paris: metro Boissière
WICE Members & Their Guests €70.00
Home made nibbles to be served
Military and art enthusiasts alike will be sure to enjoy this guided visit to the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur – an elegant neoclassical mansion first built in 1782 as Hôtel de Salm. Since 1925, it has been both home and museum for France's honors, medals, decorations – as well as knightly orders from Louis XI to the present. Not to mention Napoleonic relics and hundreds of portraits. Join WICE on a guided tour and discover this wonderful collection of military and civil decorations from France and beyond.
17 Apr 2019, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2, rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007 Paris
Fellow scribes, WICE has some exciting wordy courses and events coming up in March and April for prose and poetry…
Begin with what I call the 3Ps (Pain, paper, and pen!) where former Paris Writers Workshop participants and published authors poet Pamela Manché Pearce and memoirist Debra Whittam impart their personal experiences on taking painful experiences and putting them into words in "Writing Their Hearts Out: Women Writers on Love, Loss and Recovery".
Then my poetry pets, join David Barnes for a 6-week course where you can develop in-class and home your own poetry writing “Craft and Inspiration” – a motivating class to get both the pen and artistic spirit flowing!
And to round things up, WICE author and multi-talented artist Jamika Ajalon, will be reading a select works from her latest book of poetry along with live improvised electronic soundscape. Refreshments will be served after the presentation.
Visit the following page for all writing course information or click the links below for more info and registration...
Writing Their Hearts Out: Women Writers on Love, Loss and Recovery: Sunday, 31 March 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Writing Poetry: Craft and Inspiration: Thursdays, 4 April - 9 May 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM (six sessions)
Jamika Ajalon Presents: Take Back the Narrative
(Refreshments served)Saturday, 13 April 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Starting this Thursday with an introduction to some amazing natural and bio wines by expert, Hélène Goble, WICE has several featured events for foodies. On April 10, Chef Randall will teach and demonstrate several Moroccan dishes: Morocaan Grilled Lamb, Apprle Sorbet & Apple Beignets! And lastly, delight in a wine tasting evening with a selection of wines from Chateau Corbin, April 18.
Don't miss out on these yummy and informative evenings. Click the detail links below or visit out Living in France page >.
Sustainable, Bio, Biodynamic & Natural Wines(Home made nibbles to be served)Thursday 28 March, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pmMore details
Indoor Moroccan Grilled Lamb, Apple Sorbet & Apple Beignets Wednesday 10 April, 9:30 am - 12:30 pmMore details
Vertical Tasting: Château Corbin Wines(Nibbles to be served)Thursday, 18 April, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pmMore details
You’re just longing for a day trip, non? Something with a wee bit of history, landscape, authors, and who knows? I love such excursions too. OK, so it’s settled. You’re going to visit Chateau d’Hardelot with a guided visit by author, Stephen Clarke no less!
Built upon a medieval castle, this 19th century chateau celebrates the Anglo-French relationship and houses the "Centre Culturel de l'Entente Cordiale" – a permanent exhibition curated by best-selling author Stephen Clarke. Located in a small village and surrounded by scenery, Chateau d’Hardelot has a rich history dating back to the Medieval times.
Join WICE on this exclusive guided visit. Transport to/from the train station in the historic fishing port Boulogne-sur-Mer, the museum entry fee and tour plus lunch are included in the fee.
April 6th, 2019 ~ 10AM – 4PM
Location: Meeting point to be confirmed
For more details and registration, visit here >>
Ever since my days in art school, I’ve always been fascinated by artists who despite their solo endeavors came together and worked side-by-side communally. Such places like Montmartre and La Ruche were part of this enchanted ideal of Paris that inspired my eventual move here. Typically, the building’s inside is not open to the general public, so I was delighted to tag along on a WICE member’s Walk & Visit recent visit for an exclusive peek at both the interior and gardens.
Walking through the lush quirky garden and live/work spaces, one couldn’t help take in the mixture of smells of oil paints with fresh grass while the bustling sounds of the city blare in the distance. Named for it’s beehive like shape, it’s not hard to imagine all the buzzing that’s gone on here over the years.
First created as a temporary rotunda by Gustave Eiffel in 1900, the building was dismantled and relocated to the 15eme by Alfred Boucher, a sculptor, who wanted to establish studios and exhibition space to young artists such as notables Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, Max Jacob, Soutine, and so many others. Like Montmartre, a colorful history of bohemia and art endured since then – shifting and changing with the times.
La Ruche is still home to artists. Some choosing just to work there, some still live on site. Regular exhibitions in their gallery feature international and local artists – and it’s a great opportunity to check out this historic space.
This Saturday, March 23 WICE offers a printmaking workshop at La Ruche:
23 Mar 2019 ~ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Artists Studio, 75015 Paris (Metro: Convention)Click here to for workshop information and registration >>Now you can also be part of the hive making art!
WICE Walks & Visits are a great way to learn more about this cities cultural history and offerings. Click here to see what's coming up!
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