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Origins of Fête de la Musique

Fête de La Musique began in France in 1982, as a way to bring amateur and professional musicians together and to present free concerts nationwide.  Within a few years, it became one of the most successful French cultural events and was quickly taken up all over the world.  By the year 2007, there were more than 300 cities participating on five continents.  For more information on Fête de la Musique, click here.

Make Music Pasadena

Saturday, June 18, 2011
FREE and all-ages

More artists to be announced soon.

Best Coast
Garage rock, surf pop
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Ra Ra Riot
Indie rock
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Hello Seahorse!
Mexican indie rock
The Luckman “World Music” Stage
The Morning Benders
Indie rock
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Ben L’Oncle Soul 
presented by the Cultural Services of the French Consulate in Los Angeles

French nu-soulThe Luckman “World Music” Stage
The B Side Players
Funk, jazz with hip hop rhythms
The Shops on Lake Avenue Courtyard 
Zola Jesus
Gothic singer-songwriter
One Colorado Emerging Artists Stage
Tropical indie pop
One Colorado Emerging Artists Stage
Rocky Dawuni + Afro Funke sound system
presented by the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena and Afro Funke 
Afro beat and reggae
Levitt Pavilion Afro Beat and Reggae Stage
Saint Motel
presented by Crown City Studios
Indie rock
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Tijuana Panthers
Garage surf rock
The Shops on Lake Avenue Courtyard 
Jenny O 
One Colorado Emerging Artists Stage
Tita Lima
presented by Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles
Brazilian bossa novaThe Luckman “World Music” Stage
KCRW DJ Jason Bentley 
Eclectic beats
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Carla Morrison
Mexican singer-songwriterThe Luckman “World Music” Stage
KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez
Eclectic sounds
The Luckman “World Music” Stage
Spinning between sets
La Santa Cecilia
South American rhythms, world infusionThe Luckman “World Music” Stage
Jessica Fichot 
French chanson, international folk
The Shops on Lake Avenue Courtyard 
Dustbowl Revival
The Shops on Lake Avenue Courtyard 
KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad
Reggae and African beats
Levitt Pavilion Afro Beat and Reggae Stage
La Sera
60s Soul Folk Rock
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
presented by IAMSOUND
Psychedelic art collective
Indie Rock Stage
presented by Wells Fargo
Experimental, electronic indie rockMajestical Roof Stage 
Jamila Ford
Vromans “Jazz” Stage 
El Dopa
Diverse beats & blends
One Colorado Emerging Artists Stage
Spinning between sets
Paris loves LA
French pop culture of the 1960s
The Alliance Française Stage

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JR “Photograffeur” all over L.A!


JR “Photograffeur”all over L.A!

“I wish for you to stand up for what you care about by participating in a global art project, and together we’ll turn the world…INSIDE OUT.”

JR is a French photographer and artist whose identity is unconfirmed. He describes himself as a “photograffeur”, he  flyposts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations reminiscent of  the graffiti artist.The street is “the largest art gallery in the world.” He started out on the streets of Paris.JR’s work “often challenges widely held preconceptions and the reductive images propagated by advertising and the media.”

JR’s work combines art and action and deals with commitment, freedom, identity and limits.He has been introduced by Fabrice Bousteau as: “the one we already call the Cartier-Bresson of the 21st century”.

On October 20, 2010, JR won the TED prize for 2011. “The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and, much more important, ‘One Wish to Change the World.’ Designed to leverage the TED community’s exceptional array of talent and resources, the Prize leads to collaborative initiatives with far-reaching impact.



Chez Monsieur Marcel

Chez Monsieur Marcel “ La Vie Est Belle“!  We just happened to be in Santa Monica on 3rd Street Promenade a few weeks ago and the fresh sea air made us very hungry. We had a leisurely bite at Marcel’s. Marcel Café is a French outdoor bistro  (with several locations in LA ) we had lunch on  3rd street promenade in Santa Monica. We sat in the back patio and entertained throughout lunch by a twosome of awesome blues players.

It’s amazing how they whip out great dishes from their tiny portable kitchen. I liked that they also have for example ” des merguez!” spicy sausage from Algeria or Morocco and other unusual goodies on the menu. We had the Boeuf Bourguignon on that chilly afternoon and the French Burger with goat cheese and shoestring fries.

While sipping Monsieur Marcel House wine  a smooth Merlot  car” Un jour sans vin est comme un jour sans soleil!” and since I had some wine left I ordered some cheese because as we also say in my family  “When there’s wine left in your glass you got to have cheese!” and vice-versa,

Café Monsieur MarcelCafé Marcel on 3rd Street Promenade, Santa MonicaChez MarcelFromageMarcel MerlotFrench Burger Beuf Bourguigon2011-05-13_12-40-002011-05-13_13-1-32-35


La vie est belle chez Monsieur Marcel in Santa Monica!


Le Picnic des Chefs French Cook-off

Le Picnic des Chefs French Cook-off

Hats off to the Club Culinaire of Southern California.  This was the 31st Annual Picnic des Chefs Fundraiser of regional French cooking held this last Saturday under the trees in a beautiful natural setting, a place called  Vasa Park in Agoura Hills. A snippet of the afternoon in a Photo-Reportage:

We were warmly greeted by Kora Kroep the event organizer and handed a blue Picnic bag containing all our picnic utensils to sample the regional French food either ” sur le pouce”, “à table” , or “sur l’herbe”.

Or under the giant tent entertained by a live band and a little dancing following the raffle of many worthy prizes including the big prize: Air Tahiti Nui two Round trip tickets to Paris or Tahiti fo the lucky winner!

There was something for everyone, a real family-oriented event. the big boys played Pétanque with Los Angeles Petanque Club

….not far from the “refreshment” station aka le bar sipping pastis.

While the littler kids headed for the giant slide in the supervised heated pool and other attractions around the park:  petting zoo, rock climbing, photo Ops, etc…

The ladies strolled down wine country after lunch sampling a variety of different French wines & champagnes from the many Picnic Wineries.

The menu choices were très alléchants but be forewarned and get there early next year to enjoy some of the best LA French chefs in LA.

Appetizers Pate de Canard  made by Maison Akira, Josie Restaurant ‘s Quiche Lorraine and Pissaladiere from  The French Market Cafe  and Smoked Salmon from Michel Cordon Bleu to name a few and wonderful artisan Bread & Baguette  from various bakeries in LA ( Jacques bakery, Bread LA, Sadie Rose Baking Company, etc…)

From Provence; leg of lamb (Sofitel), Tri-Tip ( Lilly’s) Ratatouille (Le Cordon Bleu) and Golden Beet Salad with Goat cheese ( Joe’s Restaurant) , inspired from Britanny we had Shrimp & artichoke (BLVD), Rice Pilaf & Poached Salmon ( St Regis Hotel/ Church & State) and last but not least Rotisserie Chicken  from Paris (Biltmore) with oven-roasted potatoes ( La Cachette) and a Mesclun salad (Le Chêne)

Cheeses & desserts from Sweet Temptations, Maison Richard, LA Patisserie, Emil’s Swiss pastries,  Berty Siegels, and Melissa’s Produce Co. went very fast! Crepes, eclairs, clafoutis, and waffles. I got to taste an almond base chocolate mousse, pas mal du tout!

Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne (NY) also welcomed us warmly with a delightful sampling of bubbly which set the tone for the afternoon.

I also enjoyed sampling delightful new white wines, Piqueboule, Chardonnay, as well as a few delicious French Rosés Do You Tropez  and Clos Clementine Rosé de Provence as well as an unpretentiously delicious Blanc de Blanc called Le Grande Courtage Blanc de Blanc .

See you next year! A l’année prochaine!






Christine Lewicki: J’arrête de râler!

Dans la série, ces Frenchies à L.A… Christine Lewicki coach en entreprise se lance dans un challenge ou défi personnel car elle se rend compte qu’elle en a marre de râler et de se “polluer” la vie et celle des autres au lieu de célébrer la vie!

 “Le déclic s’est produit lorsque   j’ai pris conscience que si “je râlais sur les râleurs”, je devais moi-même arrêter de râler!  Changer devait commencer par moi et je n’avais pas le droit de juger les autres!”  Elle décide alors de poster chaque jour une vidéo sur un blog  pour chroniquer son challenge de 21 jours sans râler.

C’était en avril 2010, hier le blog et aujourd’hui le livre J’arrête de râler!

J'arrête de râler

Le challenge et le  “virus du bonheur” se propage de clic en clic et de bouche à oreille incitant  grand nombre de  français à rejoindre le mouvement du bonheur et vaincre cette mauvaise habitude, bien française , il faut l’avouer…


Râler est une habitude ancrée en nous et dans notre société. Comme toute habitude (comme la cigarette) elle ne peut pas disparaître du jour au lendemain, il faut persévérer, rester curieux et garder l’envie d’apprendre et d’être au mieux de soi-même.”   se confie -t’elle à Entreprendre le mois dernier.   “Le bonheur et la sérénité c’est un choix que nous pouvons tous faire aujourd’hui quelque soient nos circonstances.”

Selon Laurent Gounelle “J’arrête de râler!” est   “Un livre précieux et nécessaire” , vous y trouverez aussi de charmantes illustrations  par Lilli La Baleine Verte.

Alors comment s’y prendre ? Et bien, en apparence le challenge est très simple :

Portez un bracelet au poignet tout au long la journée. Dès que vous remarquez que vous êtes en train de “râler” changez le bracelet de poignet et… recommencez  le processus.

L’objectif:  parvenir à ne pas râler pendant 21 jours consécutifs!”  

Ce que propose Christine dans J’arrête de râler! c’est  travailler à changer de mauvaises habitudes afin de se créer une nouvelle manière d’assimiler les choses, cela demande beaucoup de patience, de courage et d’efforts.  C’est en fait se créer une nouvelle ” hygiène de vie”.

Cette méthode  permet de prendre conscience en douceur et s’adapte aussi très bien pour changer toutes autres mauvaises habitudes.  C’est une sacrée prise de conscience de nos râleries externes et internes et il est possible de réapprendre à communiquer de façon plus harmonieuse, sans râler!

C’est un message qui arrive à point  en France. J’arrête de râler répand déjà une vague de bonheur et de bien être! Christine désire tout simplement : “servir le livre et soutenir le chemin qu’il doit faire.  Je n’ai pas d’attentes ni d’exigences, j’ai simplement envie de véhiculer le message et d’être le porte-parole…” 

De mon côté, je ne râle pas de manière toxique dans ma vie… sauf en voiture sur le freeway 405 ! ou alors je râle car je ne prends pas les actions nécessaires pour changer certaines choses et mauvaises habitudes en moi et j’en suis consciente… un pas à la fois…

Et vous,  êtes-vous râleur ou râleuse?  Vous tentez le challenge?


Rencontre avec Christine Lewicki à travers J’arrête de râler! sur Facebook et puis en vrai à Culver City en 2010 jusqu’en 2015  en travaillant à ses côtés à O Coaching Inc en tant qu’assistante, service clients, et community manager sur les réseaux sociaux.

 Rencontre Christine Lewicki au St. Amour

Hello World! Bonjour !

Flashback April 29, 2011 – Hello World!  Bonjour Tout le Monde! Today I am officially a “blogger” or une “blogueuse”  Today is a BIG day!  C‘est un grand  jour ! for many reasons, after many, many months of pondering what the heck I would be writing about in a blog, it dawned on me that it’s is a wonderful vehicle for a bilingual blog to celebrate and share bits & pieces of  the French culture in & around Los Angeles as a French native transplanted in the USA since 1974! ( I’ll write in English and /or in French ) 

So, here goes, French A L.A Carte!  or ( a blog with a French twist. people, places, events, ideas, trends, music, art, traditions, food for thought,  simply à L.A Carte!

Fast forward  September 13, 2019 – Oui, oui ! The blog is still here! Today I have traveled from Los Angeles, California to Dallas, Texas. I’ve really enjoyed meeting interesting people, discovering new places and promoting events in my hometown Los Angeles.

French A L.A Carte Blog will feature French Culture & Lifestyle and FrenchBrands in the USA. (I took a hiatus from posting for a while) and I am revisiting this blog as I still very much enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my French Culture and lifestyle or as we say Art de Vivre and it helps me to cultivate more Joie de Vivre in my own life. (even though and especially that I am also officially French-American after so many years.)

I look forward to discovering French Culture in Dallas, Texas and hope you’ll enjoy your visit! A Bientôt! 


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