Photo of the Week


Humor on the hoardings spotted before the first round of the French elections: “John Goodman (Jean Gentilhomme) for President,” the candidate of the “Nice Peoples' Party. That would make a change. © Paris Update












Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?


> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, through May 2.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, through April 29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Boukhrief’s La Confession, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 28.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, through May 28.


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Claudia Barbieri is a Paris-based journalist who writes about art for The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Art Newspaper and other publications.

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Jeanne Bernard, a native of Louisiana, is a writer and translator who has lived in Paris since 1985.

Meg Bortin is a Paris-based journalist, writer and food blogger at The Everyday French Chef, where she posts recipes twice a week.

Karen Burshtein, a former Paris resident now based in Canada, is the fashion reporter for the National Post. She also travels the world reporting on architecture, design and culture for Gourmet, Condé Nast Traveller, Azure and other publications.

Brian Childs is a journalist, formerly with Reuters and the International New York Times, who has lived in Paris for more than 30 years.

Madeleine Czigler, a journalist and TV producer specializing in culture and fashion, has lived in Paris for two decades and contributes to the Canadian Broadcasting Co., Oprah, FQ and a number of fashion magazines.

Paris-based Sion Dayson’s essays and reviews have appeared in various publications, including the Village Voice and Youth Activism: An International Encyclopedia. In 2007, she received a Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award for her fiction. She will soon be joining the editorial team of Upstairs at Duroc, a Paris-based literary journal.

Russell Dionne is a photographer, international project management consultant, historian of science and art collector. He frequently stays in Paris between global assignments. Visit his Web site at

Marcelline Dormont is a social studies and English teacher in a Paris bilingual school and a freelance writer on Paris cultural history.

Colin Eaton is a Dublin-based architect who specializes in the general. His extensive and varied travels inform his own architecture and life. He frequently stays in Paris between projects to enjoy the architecture, food and wine.

Heidi Ellison, a long-time Paris resident, is a freelance journalist specializing in art, travel and literature. Her articles have been published in dozens of international publications, and she has contributed to a number of guidebooks on Paris and France.

Louis Fraysse, who is studying for a master’s degree in journalism, has been living in Paris for three years.

Jason Gardner is a photographer and journalist who divides his time between New York and Paris. He recently published A Flower in the Mouth, a book of photography and writing about the culture, music and rituals of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil. He is also a founder of Visual Anthropology Press, a book packager dedicated to helping independent authors, photographers and organizations realize and communicate their vision to their audience.

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Nick Hammond, reader in French at Cambridge University, regularly writes reviews for The Times Literary Supplement and is a former member of the Birmingham Symphony Chorus under the baton of Simon Rattle. His most recent books are Denis Sanguin de Saint-Pavin: Poésies (Classiques Garnier), The Cambridge History of French Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2011, as co-editor) and Gossip, Sexuality and Scandal in France 1610-1715 (Peter Lang, 2011).

Linda Healey is a Paris-based poet, writer and teacher of creativity and creative writing.

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Marianna Hunt is a part-time Oxford student and full-time culture lover who divides her time between language learning, art, traveling, visiting exhibitions and keeping up her blog A Hunt Around Russia.

A Paris resident since the early 1980s, David Jaggard is a journalist, translator, composer, humorist and food fiend. Unfortunately, only two of those activities pay the bills. In between paying bills, and installments of C'est Ironique, he writes “The Ranting Frenchologist” on A book of his satire pieces from his own site Quorum of One was published in January 2014.

Joshua Jampol, a former radio correspondent for National Public Radio, has lived in Paris since 1971. A contributor to The Times (London), The Guardian, Time magazine, and The International Herald Tribune, he is currently writing a book on opera.

Perry Leopard is a writer, editor, musician and wannabe theater impresario. He performs regularly in Paris with his band, Los Caballeros Simpáticos.

Harry Long is an undergraduate student of philosophy and French at the University of Oxford. From 2011 to 2013, he was a member of the sketch-comedy group The Oxford Revue, and in 2013 he wrote his first novel, Lights.

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Graham McKerrow, a journalist and sculptor, has lived and worked in London and Paris, editing magazines and newspapers. He now works as a sub-editor at the Guardian and Observer in London for three days a week and sculpts or draws for another three days.

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James Overton is an editor, writer, translator and interpreter who lives in St. Quentin en Yvelines, France.

Stéphane Piatzszek, based in Paris, has written about film for a number of publications, including the French daily Libération. He is the author of two bandes dessinées: Neverland and Cavales, both published by Quadrants.

David Platzer, a writer, journalist and singer-songwriter living in Vincennes, is a regular contributor on a wide range of subjects to Apollo magazine and other publications.

Tom Ridgway is a freelance editor and writer based in Paris since 1995. Francis Ford Coppola once told him he looked like Oscar Wilde; he is still not sure if it was meant as a compliment.

Paul Scott, associate professor of French at the University of Kansas, is French and Occitan editor of the Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. An expatriated Briton, he has spent seven years in France and resides in Paris for three months of every year.

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Gerald Shuttlesworth, a photographer and painter, divides his time between Hopwood, Pennsylvania, and Paris, France, where he and his wife have an apartment, and where he loves to spend his time as a flâneur, capturing street scenes on film and canvas.

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