Author Archives: Caroline Planque

About Caroline Planque

I am in charge of French Localization and Outreach at Brown Paper Tickets. Les francophones, contactez-moi !

Le Festival du Bois – Discover the largest francophone festival in the Northwest

Chances are you have never heard of Maillardville, a small but vibrant community in the city of Coquitlam near Vancouver, BC. Maillardville celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009 and is well-known to the locals for being the largest francophone community in the Vancouver area. It is also known to folk music lovers for hosting Le Festival du Bois, the largest celebration of francophone, Quebecois music, dance, craft, food, heritage and culture in British Columbia,

The family-friendly festival spans over two days (March 3-4) and offers an incredible array of artists and activities. Have you ever tasted the famous Poutine, a culinary delicacy of Quebec composed of French fries, gravy and cheese? How about trying some maple taffy (tire d’érable or sugar on snow) made of boiling maple sap poured on clean white snow? You can find them all at the Festival du Bois while strolling through Mackin Park and discovering the history of Maillardville.

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Music


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Relocating to France: Myth Versus Reality

Many Americans, lured by images of the French joie de vivre, dream at one point or another in their lives of spending extended periods of time in France. Be it for their studies, for work or even to retire. What most are unaware of, though, are the intricacies, the bureaucracy, and often sluggishness of the French Administration when it comes to dealing with any type of paperwork! Bienvenue en France!

One person in the Seattle area can guide them through the process and even assist them in filing their paperwork. If need be, she will even make middle of the night phone calls to talk with a representative of les Impôts (French IRS) or any administrative office, usually open Monday through Friday 9 am – 12 pm and 2pm-4pm. (Lunch break is sacred in France). Subtract nine hours to those times if you are in the Pacific Standard Time zone! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Education


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Jean-François Porchez, The Famous Stranger

It is virtually impossible for Jean-François Porchez, to walk across Paris without seeing signs of his work. In fact, anyone walking through Paris sees his work, the only difference is that the general public walks the city oblivious to the signs that guide them. They read the content but seldom notice the form.

Jean-François Porchez, a type font designer, is the creator of the Parisine, the font used in all the Parisian public transportation. Whether travelling underground, or above ground, the Parisine surrounds the people of Paris. Porchez says, ¨It is a challenge to cross Paris without seeing the Parisine. But at the same time, it is fun to ride the bus, next to the driver and the passengers and to think that these people do not even know that we have created the environment that surrounds them daily.¨ Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Arts


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The Hard Life of François Sagat

Life is not a performance !

This weekend we are ticketing four events at Museum of Arts and Design in New York City involving French adult film star François Sagat. A few months ago, I had the opportunity to meet Sagat who was in Seattle promoting his latest film Man at Bath, by Christophe Honoré, a modern rendition of Gustave Caillebotte’s painting “Homme au bain.” As Caillbotte’s painting was shocking in its own time (1884), this film also aims at portraying an honest and crude image of gay male sexuality and relationships in 2010 Gennevilliers and New York. So of course, this film may not be to everyone’s taste.

Meeting Sagat was an unusual experience, one that comes with many preconceived ideas about the type of personality it takes to work in the adult film industry. Yet, what transpired through our conversation was that Sagat, the man differs drastically from Sagat the performer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 17, 2011 in Film


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Brown Paper Tickets, the American company that could be French!

Caroline Planque from our International Outreach Department, recently visited her homeland of France and spread the good word of Brown Paper Tickets to some of the hip and happening folks in the Parisian arts scene. She found that many Parisians were surprised that a company as community-minded as BPT could exist in America. Here’s Caroline to tell us a little bit more.

I recently returned from a trip to my homeland of France. I shook many hands and left behind a trail of BPT buttons, postcards and brochures: from little neighborhood cafes, to concert venues such as the Batofar, a barge topped by a lighthouse on the Seine river; to a former cookie factory in Montreuil, La Biscuiterie, that’s been transformed into a highly messy yet creative collective arts space; to a little record store near Bastille, Born Bad (“Bad Music for Bad People!”), a suggestion from our lawyer Mike Sennott; and, finally, to the incredible, brand new 104 – Centquatre Cultural Center, the former site of a gigantic municipal funeral home. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 3, 2011 in BPT


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Vive la France! Vive la République!

Today as I am working at my desk, I cannot help but have a thought for all my family and friends kicking back on the other side of the Atlantic to celebrate le quatorze juillet (July 14th) our national holiday (Fête Nationale)! The term Bastille Day is exclusively used by foreigners, most of whom are probably Foblivious of the dramatic events attached to it. In the beginning, Bastille day was not about wine tasting while eating delicious French food!

On July 14 1789, La Bastille, a royal fortress in the center of Paris, and a symbol of the tyranny of the monarchy, was stormed by revolutionaries. This event marked the beginning of the French Revolution, a long decade of political upheaval and terror that put an end to the monarchy and to the lives of King Louis XIV and his wife Marie-Antoinette, as well as tens of thousand of other people, gruesomely guillotined in public. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 14, 2011 in Seasonal


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Spring in Paris

Spring was in full blossom and the pungent smell of lilacs and honeysuckle flowers invaded the city parks on my recent trip to Paris. It had been years since I had experienced such gorgeous weather in the city. I also discovered another Spring in Paris, an elegant restaurant tucked away in the tiny rue Bailleul just a few steps away from the Louvre.

Joshua Adler, the wine director at the restaurant and also director of the Spring boutique located just a few steps away in the rue de l’Arbre Sec is Brown Paper Ticket’s first and only (but I believe he won’t hold that title for too long) producer in France. He welcomed me to an incredible wine tasting in Spring’s cellar, a recurring weekly event for which he sells tickets to an English-speaking audience. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Food


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