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The burnt-out Café des Médias on the Place de la République, now covered in graffiti. Photo: Paris Update

 

C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque

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Spotted by reader Pierre Tran.

This, the last inadvertently funny English-language shop sign before the August break, is not in English and is not a shop sign. But one out of three is still better than François Hollande’s approval rating.

This is the hand-scribbled menu outside a restaurant run by someone who is never going to win the French National Spelling Bee (L'Abeille Nationale d'Envoûtement). I wonder if whoever made it noticed later that “Camembert is spelled wrong and said, “Oh, burger!” David Jaggard

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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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

Cinéma au Clair de Lune
> Free outdoor films in various unusual locations around Paris. Through Aug. 9.

Cinéma en Plein Air
> Theme for this year’s free outdoor film festival: “Home Cinema.” La Villette, Paris, through Aug. 23.

Ciné Quartier 13
> Free outdoor films in the parks of the 13th arrondissement on Friday evenings. Various locations, Paris, through Aug. 7.

Deauville American Film Festival
> Films by up-and-coming directors in competition, with premiers, tributes, celebrity appearances and more. Deauville, Sept. 4-13.

Festival Classique au Vert
> Free outdoor classical concerts in the Parc Floral (admission: €6), Paris, Aug. 1-Sept. 13.

Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux
> Classical concerts, Parc de Sceaux, Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 15-Sept. 20.

Festival International des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire
> “Extraordinary Gardens, Collectors’ Gardens” is the theme of this year's popular garden festival in the park of the Château de Chaumont. Chaumont-sur-Loire, through Nov. 1.

Festival les Pestacles
> Concerts and other activities for kiddies age five and up. Parc Floral, Paris, through Sept. 23.

Jazz à la Villette
> Tony Allen, Steve Coleman, Naïssam Jalal, Eve Risser and more at this annual jazz festival. La Villette, Paris, Sept. 3-13.

Le Jardin à l’Heure d’Eté
> The garden of the Institut Suédois open to the public for the summer. Library, pop-up café and deck chairs for reading. Entrance at 10 rue Elzévir, Paris, through Aug. 30.

La Plage
> Sandy beach and nightly concerts or DJs. Glaz'Art, Paris, through Oct. 3.

L'Été Defacto
> Free activities and events on the Place de La Défense, Paris, through Aug. 23.

L'Eté du Canal, l'Ourcq en Fêtes.
> Boat rides, canal tours, dance performance, concerts, street art, outdoor films, balls and more around the Canal de l'Ourcq.Various locations, Paris & Seine Saint Denis, hrough Aug. 23.

Monuments en Mouvement
> Free dance performances choreographed for national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and various châteaux. Various locations, through Sept. 15.

Musiques en Terrasse
> Free outdoor concerts on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30pm. Bercy Village, Paris, through Aug. 27.

Paris Design Week
> One hundred design-related events, various locations, Paris, Sept. 5-12.

Paris Plages
> Fun in the sun on the banks of the Seine (July 20-Aug. 16) and the Bassin de la Villette (July 20-Aug. 23): sandy beach, pool, dance lessons, restaurants, volleyball, free concerts (in front of the Hôtel de Ville) and more, Paris.

Paris Quartier d’Eté
> Annual festival of music, dance, theater and more from around the world. Various locations, Paris, through Aug. 8.

Rock en Seine
> Three-day rock festival, featuring FFS, Hot Chip, The Chemical Brothers, The Libertines, Kasabian and many other groups. Domaine de Saint-Cloud, Aug. 28-30.

Siestes Electroniques
> Free outdoor concerts of electronic music on Sundays. Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, Aug. 2.

Soldes
> Retail sales in Paris through Aug. 4.

 

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Paris Update The Lowdown

Paris Update, founded in 2005, is a free weekly Web newsletter designed to provide the latest information about what’s happening right now in the City of Light to everyone who loves Paris, whether tourist, frequent visitor or resident. It provides an unbiased insider’s guide to museum and gallery exhibitions (art, photography, architecture and design), monuments, shopping, restaurants, hotels and bed & breakfasts, tourism, music, nightlife, entertainment, hidden treasures and French films, plus the latest info on what Parisians are talking about and ideas for out-of-town excursions.

On the home page, you’ll find a selection of Paris news items and reviews for the current week, beginning on Wednesday, as well as a list of events. To read articles on Paris from past newsletters, click on the section titles at the top of the page.

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Paris Update The Lowdown

Paris Update is taking its annual summer vacation. The next new issue will appear on September 9, 2015. In the meantime, you'll find many things to do in Paris in August on the events listing on the home page, as well as numerous exhibition reviews and other entertaining articles on the site, among them David Jaggard’s popular humor columns. If you are looking for a restaurant, check out our listing of favorite restaurants by arrondissement. Bonnes vacances !

Paris Update, founded in 2005, is a free weekly Web newsletter designed to provide the latest information about what’s happening right now in the City of Light to everyone who loves Paris, whether tourist, frequent visitor or resident. It provides an unbiased insider’s guide to museum and gallery exhibitions (art, photography, architecture and design), monuments, shopping, restaurants, hotels and bed & breakfasts, tourism, music, nightlife, entertainment, hidden treasures and French films, plus the latest info on what Parisians are talking about and ideas for out-of-town excursions.

On the home page, you’ll find a selection of Paris news items and reviews for the current week, beginning on Wednesday, as well as a list of events. To read articles on Paris from past newsletters, click on the section titles at the top of the page.

Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to send us your comments.

Click here for a complete list of Paris museums with links to their Web sites.

Click here to see all of Paris Update's One-Minute Paris videos.

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