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Women line up to train for a 10K race at the Carreau du Temple. Photo © Paris Update
C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque
Spotted by reader Margie Rubin.
There’s kind of a lot going on here. It’s not “The,” but rather “Le” Spicy Home. And it’s not a “home,” even in the sense of “home-away-from-home,” but rather a bar. That doesn’t specialize in cocktails, but rather tea. Apparently. As an American fast-food marketer might say, Where’s the spice?
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Paris Update This Week’s Events
For full details about an event, click on its name to visit the official Web site (in English when available).
> Festival of “blue” films. Forum des Images, Paris, through May 24.
> Retrospective of the films of the great sad-faced comedian. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through June 1.
Cairo by Night
> Belly-dancing festival. La Cigale, Paris, May 23.
Festival de l’Imaginaire
> Performances by troupes from around the world, Maison des Cultures du Monde, Paris, through May 31.
Festival du Cinéma Chinois en France
> Chinese cinema comes to Paris and other French cities. Various locations, through June 30.
Festival International des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire
> "Extraordinary Gardens, Collectors’ Gardens" is the theme of this year's popular garden festival in the park of the Château de Chaumont. Chaumont-sur-Loire, through Nov. 1.
Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés
> Jazz acts ranging from amateurs to big names. Various locations, Paris, May 21-June 1.
Festival l'Afrique dans tous les Sens
> A celebration of African music, film, art, fashion, dance, cuisine and more. Various locations, Paris, May 22-June 7.
Monuments en Mouvement
> Free dance performances choreographed for national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and various châteaux. Various locations, through Sept. 15.
> A “cross-disciplinary” festival — art, performances, theater, cinema, etc. Centre Pompidou, Paris, through July 20.
Philippe de Broca
> Retrospective of the films of the "poet of derision," director Philippe de Broca. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through June 1.
Salon d'Art Contemporain de Montrouge
> Festival of contemporary art featuring emerging artists. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, through June 3.
Singapour en France
> Singapore comes to France with exhibitions and events in the areas of architecture and design, the visual arts, film, dance, theater and music. Various locations, Paris and other French cities, through June 30.
Keys to a Passion
Published on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 00:00
Written by Heidi Ellison
New Slant on
“Three Women (Le Grand Déjeuner)” (1921), by Fernand Léger. © Adagp, Paris 2015. Photo © 2015 Digital Image, the Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence
The current exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, “Les Clefs d’une Passion” (“Keys to a Passion”), offers a concise, beautifully presented overview of art from the first half of
Au Bon Coin
Published on Monday, 18 May 2015 00:00
Written by Heidi Ellison
Fed Up with Frills and
Tired of Trends?
The zinc bar at Au Bon Coin.
Those who, like my friend Helen (as mentioned in last week’s review of La Marée Jeanne), are allergic to foam and other niceties of so-called molecular cuisine, and those who just
Cap sur l'Amérique: La Dernière Utopie de Napoléon
Published on Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00
Written by Heidi Ellison
The Emperor Packs Up
His Legend for the New World
“Napoléon sur le Pont du Bellérophon,” engraving after Sir William Quiller Orchardson. © Rmn-Grand Palais (musée des Châteaux de Malmaison et de Bois-Préau)/Franck Raux
Napoleon Bonaparte is one of history’s endlessly fascinating characters. Never forgotten, especially in France, he is getting an extra dose of attention this year, the 200th
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