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The Eiffel Tower seen from a rooftop in Montparnasse on a smoggy day. © Paris Update


Paris Update This Week’s Events

For full details about an event, click on the title to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

Women’s March on Paris
> The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, women will march in cities around the world. Starts at the Parvis des Droits Humains, Trocadero, at 2pm, crosses the Pont d’Iéna and ends at the Mur pour la Paix at 4:30pm.

Behind closed doors
> Book now to visit places in Paris that are normally closed during Paris Face Cachée, including a lab trying to find cures for genetic diseases, located in a glass building with a panoramic roof terrace. Various venues, Paris and suburbs, Jan. 27-29.

Book signing
> Irish author Donal Ryan signs copies of his latest book, The Thing About December. Irish Cultural Center, Paris, Jan. 19.

Late-Night Magritte
> The Magritte exhibition at the Centre Pompidou will stay open until 10pm from Jan. 19 through the last day, Jan. 23.

> Paris Cocktail Week offers master classes, special restaurant menus with cocktail/food pairings and other festivities. Various venues, Paris, Jan. 21-28.

Young European photographers
> The Festival Circulation(s) features emerging photographers. Centquatre, Paris, Jan. 21-March 5.

Picasso at the airport
> The exhibition "Picasso Plein Soleil" presents works made by the master while living on the Côte d’Azur. Espace Musées, Charles-de-Gaulle Airport 2E, Jan. 21-June 15.

Cheap cinema
> During the Festival Cinéma Télérama, you can see a selection of last year’s best films for only €3.50 each with the purchase of Télérama magazine (Jan. 11 and 18 issues). Various cinemas, Jan. 18-24.

Free subtitled French films
> My French Film Festival offers frees streaming of French movies. Through Feb. 13.

Frank Capra Retrospective
> The great American director in the spotlight. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 27.

Sex, Lies and Corruption
> The Hollywood Décadent festival features such films as Joseph Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor, Valley of the Dolls, and Vincente Minnelli’s Nina. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Jan. 25.

Chinese New Wave
> Nouvelles Voix du Cinéma Chinois screens films by a new generation of directors beginning around the turn of the 21st-century. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 20.

Winter sales
> Retail sales all over France: through Feb. 21.

Ice-Skating Rinks
> Where to ice skate in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais.

English plays in French
> Two plays by Harold Pinter, Ashes to Ashes and L’Amant, directed by Mitch Hooper, are onstage at the Essaïon through Jan. 24, 2017.


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Les Bloggeurs de Paris

Les Bloggeurs de Paris

Little Shiva in disguise. Photo: Richard Nahem

Who knew that Paris had so many English-language bloggers? A bevy of them recently tore themselves away from their computers to socialize (and network, of course) at a cocktail party in the Marais apartment of American Richard Nahem, a former New Yorker whose Eye Prefer Paris blog describes his adventures in the City of Light since his arrival two years ago. Nahem will soon start offering insider’s tours to some of the city’s hidden delights.

The gathering attracted a few stars in the world of blogging, including La Petite Anglaise (real name: Catherine), who made the French and English press by getting herself fired from her job in Paris for in-office blogging and then sued the company. The ensuing attention helped land her a book contract.

Chocolate cookbook author David Lebovitz, former pastry chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, already has a few published books behind him and now shares his Paris food discoveries on his site/blog.

One blogging newcomer, marketing consultant Polly of Polly Vous Français started her new life in Paris in March 2006 and already has ambitious plans for customized luxury tours for visiting Americans.

Some of the guests couldn't really be described as bloggers, since they run more traditional (is it too soon to apply that word to the Web?) sites, including Pascal Fonquernie, whose Parismarais® site covers everything you’ve always wanted to know about the one of the city’s most beautiful and vibrant neighborhoods. Paris-loving San Franciscan (soon to be Parisian) Terrance Gelenter runs Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, which focuses on the city’s literary scene, food and wine. Seth Weintraub is Webmaster of The Paris Times, an English-language monthly newspaper that actually exists on paper. Paris-based Sue Rynski isn’t a blogger at all but a professional photographer known for her rock’n’roll images, notably of Patti Smith.

Bloggers well-known in the Web world who don’t have an explicit Paris connection included Advice Goddess Amy Alkon, known for her jazzy newspaper advice columns, and artist Little Shiva, founder of The Visible Trash Society, who happily posed for a photo in a trash can with a bottle of champagne after the party.

Hillary and Aaron, transplanted New Yorkers who live at no. 13, street unknown, in Paris, recount their daily lives in the city on their blog. A highlight is the feature “Overheard Today on the Boulevard St. Germain” (example: “One well coiffed Parisienne to another: ‘Très, très beau’ (a fur coat).”

Editor Laurie Pike of The Paris Blog was on hand to represent the collective “Blog with Gaul,” hosting a number of Paris bloggers, some of whom have separate blogs of their own, including Eric Tenin, one of the few French guests at the party (although his English is so good that he might fool you). Every day Eric publishes a photo of the city snapped as he tools around town on his scooter on Paris Daily Photo. He is even willing to take requests.

Other guests included “Le Meg,” aka “Le Blaguer” (“prankster or joker), who says she’s been “playing the fool in Paris since 2004”; author Elliott Hester, current guest blogger on travel writer Susan Spano’s blog about living in the City of Light; writer and collage artist Matthew Rose; Susie Hollands of Ivy Paris, a site covering the Paris art scene; artist Jennifer Chevais, who tells tales of life in Paris on No Place Like It; and Gregg Sutter, Webmaster of a blog on novelist Elmore Leonard.

And what do Paris bloggers drink? Cosmpolitans, of course, red wine and champagne – in healthy quantities.

Heidi Ellison

© 2007 Paris Update

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