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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris

English-language theater festival

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> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Pre-Edinburgh play
> Sugar Baby, by Anne Penketh and starring Holly-Rose Clegg, will play in Paris before moving on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  La Chapelle des Lombards, Paris, May 20.

Annie in English
> The International Players present the musical Annie. Le Quai 3, Le Pecq, May 18-21.

Late-night art
> Museums stay open into the night for free and hold special events for the Nuit Européenne des Musées. Various locations. Paris, May 16.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries
> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Opening night: May 18. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

All that jazz...
> Jazz acts ranging from amateurs to big names at the Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 11-22.

Literary Latin Quarter
> Readings, book signings, storytelling, concerts and more at the Quartier du Livre festival. Various venues, Paris, May 17-24.

Emerging artists
> The Salon de Montrougehas been exhibiting the work of young artists every year for 62 years. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, through May 24.

Plays from all over Europe
> The Chantiers d'Europe festival presents theatrical performances from Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Croatia and the United Kingdom. Théâtre de la Ville–Espace Pierre Cardin, May 2-24

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31

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.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Emmanuelle Cuau’s Pris de Court, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 19.

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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Hotels - Flash News

 

Bed & breakfasts

Staying Chez l’Habitant
The city's new manual for bed & breakfasts.

May 11, 2005; updated July 19, 2006

Paris is rich in hotels (with 75,000 rooms) but poor in bed and breakfasts (only 300 rooms). This isn’t surprising, since the French are intensely private people and are not in the habit of throwing their homes open to outsiders. If you were invited to dinner by a Parisian friend, for example, you would be entertained in the living and dining rooms and would probably never see the rest of the apartment – there are no “tours” of the home like those commonly offered by American hosts.

This attitude is gradually changing with the younger generation, however, and now City Hall is encouraging the creation of bed and breakfasts to not only offer tourists a wider range of accommodations but also to help ease the isolation of some Parisians, half of whom live alone, and give them a chance to increase their income. The city has created a new “quality charter” specifying the standards (cleanliness, room size, comfort, service, etc.) to be met by new B&Bs, which must be approved by one of the seven reservation services that have signed the charter.

This is good news for tourists looking for a charming, inexpensive place to stay or interested in meeting the locals. They will also feel more confident about staying in a stranger’s home when they know certain standards have been met and are backed up by a professional organization. The seven B&B reservation services are:


Alcôve & Agapes:
Paris Bed & Breakfast.
8 bis, rue Coysevox, 75018 Paris.
Tel.: 01 44 85 06 05. Fax: 01 44 85 06 14.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Web:www.bed-and-breakfast-in-paris.fr


Association Française BAB France:
23, centre commercial Les Vergers,
95350 Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt.
Tel.: 01 34 19 9000. Fax: 01 39 94 89 72.
Web: www.bedbreak.com
or www.babfrance.fr

Fleurs de Soleil:


Villa Mansart, 9 allée Victor-Basch,
94170 Le Perreux-sur-Marne.

Tel.: 06 62 37 97 85.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Web: www.fleursdesoleil.fr


France Lodge:
2, rue Meissonier
75017 Paris.
Tel.: 01 56 33 85 80. Fax: 01 56 33 85 89.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Web: www.francelodge.fr


Good Morning Paris:
43, rue Lacépède 75005 Paris.
Tel.: 01 47 07 28 29. Fax: 01 47 07 44 45.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Web: www.goodmorningparis.fr


Une Chambre en Ville:
10, rue Fagon 75013 Paris.
Tel.: 01 44 06 96 71. Fax: 01 44 06 96 72.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Web: www.chambre-ville.com


2binparis. Bed & Breakfast Paris:
19, villa de la Croix-Nivert 75015, Paris.
Tel.: 01 47 34 01 50. Fax: 01 72 72 90 74.
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Web: www.2binparis.com


Hôtes Qualité Paris: the city’s official B&B Web site: www.hotesqualiteparis.fr/

Heidi Ellison


© 2005-2006 Paris Update

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