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La Belette Rouge

Merci for the invitation. Well, I certainly would invite you, Maitresse, Adam and Coquette. The fantasy guests would include many Of Maitresse's favs: Nin, Miller, and Sartre. I would also like Lacan, De Beauvoir, Camus, Barthes and Derrida. Baudelaire can come too. I will happily host my event at rue des Abbesses in Montmartre, as you so wisely suggested. Ooh, Can Voltaire come too? And, while Johnny Depp isn't officially French he does live there. It is my French fantasy dinner party and I can invite who I want.
Merci, Badaude, for inviting me to this challenge!
xo

Shelli

Sophie Calle would definitely be on my list, and I would add Pierre Le-Tan to the list of artists/illustrators. And I've been intrigued by the Experimental Cocktail Club as a venue for hanging out, so maybe that would be the place.

badaude

I think ECT is the sister establishment of Curio Parlour. I'd like to try it too.
(ps - the bar I suggested for La Bellette's highly intellectual gathering is, of course, Le Comptoir des Belettes on rue Lamarck, Montmartre - http://www.restoaparis.com/fiche-restaurant-paris/le-comptoir-des-belettes.html)

Adam

Thanks for the challenge - I've replied to you on my blog!

http://parisisinvisible.blogspot.com/2009/07/fantasy-dinner-party.html

La Belette Rouge

That link to the place I MUST visit is not working. I found another link that is the venue for my fete de belette.
http://www.secretsofparis.com/latestdiningreviews/2009/3/5/comptoir-des-belettes.html

badaude

Thanks for the new link, Belette. And good to see Le Comptoir des Belettes has such a great review: huge tartines seem just the right thing for all those mid-20th century people who look perpetually hungry from shivering all day over one cup of coffee in Flore.

badaude

Adam - what a fantastic post. I had to restrain myself from including writers - I did consider an evening with Guy de Maupassant at Laperouse or Jacques Yonnet at some divey place in 5e - but I thought I'd better stick to my professional connections...

wild hare club

Ah well, it wouldn't be much of a party without good music and so there would have to be a live band playing in a cramped corner to stir the passions of the guests. For this night I would invite the original incarnation of Les Negresses Vertes that recorded the superlative Mlah. Popular music is one arena in which us British can perhaps feel justified to argue that we are superior to the French, but this rambunctious squall of hobvious hoodlums really cut the moutard. Stirring up a potent mix of French cafe music with gypsy and Algerian rai and shot through with punk attitude, they were France's answer to the Pogues. neither band ever lacked spirit. Sadly the original singer Helno, a heroin addict, died in 1993 after recording a second album. Subsequently the line-up changed and they made other good records but the first is the best. Looking at the sleeve now, I see they have a black dog with a white chest sitting at their feet. He looks rather like our dog, Guinness, which only makes me like them more.

badaude

I have Mlah but no other recordings by les Negresses. How were they later?
For my soundtrack, I think I'd like 80s post-punk electro-popsters, Elli and Jacno to reform specially for the evening. They're both still around so if they're reading this...

wild hare club

Les Negresses became more clubby and les earthy, but 'Acoustic Clubbing' was a good late effort.

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