French LGBT rights advocates gathered at the LGBT Center of Paris/A le de France in Paris on Nov. 20, 2015, to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance. They had been scheduled to gather outside Paris City Hall, but security concerns in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the French capital forced them to move the event indoors.
At the entrance of the Cite Voltaire Elementary School in Paris, they were greeted by the principal and a new set of security measures. The French government has advised parents not to linger as they drop off their children, in an effort to prevent crowds from gathering in front of schools.
Wild Horse Children's Theater is looking for actors, singers and dancers, ages 5 to 14, for its March production of Disney's "The Aristocats, Kids." Auditions, by appointment only, are from 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 7 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 511 W. King St. Performances are weekends March 11-20.
For Tuscaloosa, Alabama, there are lessons to be learned from the terror that gripped Paris just over a week ago. After the Islamic State attacks, Democratic Mayor Walter Maddox took note of the Parisian security staff that prevented a suicide bomber from entering the French national soccer stadium.
The attacks in Paris are having a major impact on tourism, initial figures show, pushing the French prime minister to meet industry officials to come up with a plan to limit the damage and keep visitors coming to the City of Light. Ten days after the carnage, the deadliest since WWII, museum ticket sales have plummeted.
What once was an obvious statement now comes with a question mark for some travelers. After the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks that saw 129 killed and hundreds more wounded at several locations throughout Paris, canceling travel plans to the City of Light might seem prudent.