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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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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.

Drinkathon
> 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.

 

Hotels - Flash News

 

BLC Design Hotel

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The BLC Design Hotel's all-white decor is surprisingly comfy and restful.

Since the just-opened BLC Design Hotel is located next to the Palais des Femmes, a refuge for women in distress in Paris’s 11th arrondissement, its designer, Carole Picard, chose “women” as the hotel’s theme and expressed the concept in an all-white decor.

When the sun shines into one of the hotel’s 29 white-on-white rooms, the effect can be blinding, but not to worry, each one is equipped not only with light-blocking window shades, but also a Night Cove, a fancy lamp/sound system that, based on a French hospital’s sleep research, promises to put you to sleep or wake you up gradually with special light and sound sequences that act on the body’s production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin. The only touch of color in the hotel comes from these lamps (designed by Patrick Jouin), which give off orange or red light when it’s time to go to sleep and blue light when it’s time to wake up.

The feminine theme is illustrated on each floor by a large photo of an ordinary woman (photographer Lise Laura Batifol found her subjects on the street), with a detail from the photo (an eye, for example) blown up in each room on that floor.

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A blown-up detail of a photo of a woman decorates each guestroom.

While the oversized body parts are a bit much, the all-white decor makes for a nice change from the gloom of most designer hotels (especially any designed by Philippe Starck) and creates a surprisingly relaxing, comfy feel. It has the added advantage of immediately indicating whether the cleaning staff is doing its job properly.

Other unusual features of the BLC: the sink and mirrored showers are not walled off but can be concealed by (white, of course) curtains; there are no closets in the rooms – just drawers under the beds and big, graphic silver clothes hooks; breakfast is served at the (white) bar in the lobby, where guests can also help themselves at any time to drinks on the honor system or fill one of the attractive water bottles provided for free at faucets dispensing the hotel’s own eco-friendly bubbly or flat water.

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Breakfast is served at a bar in the lobby, where guests can also help themselves to drinks any time.

The handsome (white) mosaic in the lobby is by Jérôme Clochard.

Those who like more color in their life might prefer the same group’s Color Design Hotel, also designed by Carole Picard.

The neighborhood is a bit off the beaten track but still has a “real” Parisian feel and is easily accessible from the center of town.

Heidi Ellison

BLC Design Hotel: 4, rue Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris. Métro: Charonne. Tel.: 01 40 09 60 16. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Free Wi-Fi. Plasma-screen TV. Rates: €175-205. Two wheelchair-accessible rooms. www.blcdesign-hotel-paris.com

 

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