What is A Tale of Three Cities? I’m so glad you asked. It’s a new arts journal, launching this summer, and devoted to showcasing the writing, artwork, and genius miscellany of Europe’s “golden triangle,” London, Paris, and Berlin. (“If we were ever to make the triangle a square, I think New York would be the choice,” says editor Rosa Rankin-Gee.) It is open to submissions– find guidelines here.
But more about the party. Having been to Chapter 3 last month, I can tell you that Le Carmen is one of those amazing spaces that you might imagine only exists in Paris if you’ve seen Moulin Rouge! too many times and have a thing for 19th century French prostitutes and absinthe. (We wouldn’t blame you if you did.) Housed in the former home of Georges Bizet, author of the eponymous opera, Le Carmen features a human-sized birdcage, room after lushly lit room of gilded mirrors and intricate mouldings, and most importantly, a top-notch cocktail bar. The jaunty threesome behind the event (Rankin-Gee, Jethro Turner and Hanna Beširević) patrol the party to make sure everyone is having a delightfully literary time.