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Café Campana at the Musée d'Orsay. Photo © ParisUpdate.com


Paris Update Fashion Flash



The men’s fashion shows in Paris last week were far more exciting than usual. This year, for the first time, men’s penises popped out of their garments on the runway, courtesy of Rick Owens (now known as Dick Owens). Meanwhile, Walter Van Beirendonck models sported big, bright brooches with dangling butt plugs (a reference to last year’s Paul McCarthy scandal). Heidi Ellison


C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque


Spotted by sharp-eyed reader Margie Rubin.

Let’s see here: there’s an optician who sells stuff for people's eyes, including contact lenses, and there’s such a thing as eye contact. So “Eye's Contact” is a great name for the shop. Right? Right?

David Jaggard

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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Festival Au Fil des Voix
> World music artists from Portugal, Israel, Mali, Kurdistan, Spain, Italy, Algeria and more. Alhambra and Studio de l'Hermitage, Paris, Jan. 29-Feb. 9.

Festival Circulation(s)
> Festival promoting the work of young European photographers. Centquatre, Paris, through March 8.

Festival On Y Danse
> Belgian dance companies perform in Paris. Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris, through Feb. 9.

Ice-Skating Rink
> Outdoor skating at the Hôtel de Ville, Paris, through March 1.

John Ford
> Festival of films by the king of Westerns. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 23.

My French Film Festival
> Online festival of subtitled French features and shorts. Free streaming. Through Feb. 16.

Paris Musées OFF
> Musicians and artists do their thing in eight Paris museums: Balzac, Carnavalet, Victor Hugo, La Vie Romantique, Petit Palais, Cognacq-Jay and Cernuschi. Free admission, Jan. 24-25.

> Retail sales all over France: through Feb. 17.

Trio Jazz Live
> Free jazz concerts with reservation. L'Hôtel Renaissance Vendôme, Paris, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, March 6, April 17, May 20, June 19.


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