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Sunrise over Notre Dame. Photo: Ron Fox


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It’s not the name of this bar just south of the Moulin Rouge that I find intriguing, but the list of services available, especially the last one. Would they lett me have a lapp dance with a happy finnish?

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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Biennale des Antiquaires
> Top-of-the-line art and antique fair, with 85 exhibitors. Grand Palais, Paris, through Sept. 21.

Festival d’Automne
> Contemporary arts festival: dance, film, theater and more, various locations, Paris, through Jan. 26.

Festival des Ecrivains du Monde

> Literary festival organized by Columbia University and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Spotlight on Indian authors, with readings by Vikram Chandra, Kiran Desai, Amit Chaudhuri and many others. Various locations, Paris, Sept. 17-21.

Festival d'Ile de France
> Concerts of classical, world, jazz and electronic music in various locations in Paris and other locations in the Ile de France, through Oct. 12.

Festival International des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire
> “Seven deadly sins” is the theme of this year's garden festival in the park of the Château de Chaumont. Chaumont-sur-Loire, through Oct. 21.

Festival les Pestacles
> Concerts and other activities for kiddies age five and up. Parc Floral, Paris, through Sept. 24.

Fête de Montmartre
> Belle Epoque-style entertainment in the Renoir Garden of the Musée de Montmartre. First weekend of every month through September.

Festival Temps d’Images

> The performing arts meet the moving image to experiment with new forms. Centquatre, Paris, Sept. 17-28.

Journées Européennes du Patrimoine
> The doors to normally closed monuments and other buildings open to the public for the weekend, various locations, Paris, Sept. 20-21.

Kiosques en Musique
> Over 400 free concerts in parks and gardens. Various locations, Paris, through October 31.

La Plage
> A sandy beach, free concerts, clubbing and deck chairs. Glaz'Art, Paris, through Sept. 20.

Opéra en Plein Air
> Outdoor performances of Don Giovanni in gorgeous locations around France, including the Châteaux de Vincennes, Chantilly and Fontainebleau, and the Hôtel des Invalides in Paris. Through September 20.

Marchés Flottants du Sud-Ouest
A temporary floating market on the Seine with food and wine from southwestern France. Quai Montebollo, Sept. 19-21.

Street Food Temple
All about street food, with tastings, roundtable discussions, concerts, exhibitions and more. Carreau du Temple, Paris, Sept 19-21.

Suresnes Auto Rétro
A hundred vintage-car collectors gather in a suburb with a fantastic view of Paris and offer rides in their classic vehicles to the public. Terrasse du Fécheray, Suresnes, Sept. 20-21.

Tous au Restaurant
> Participating restaurants offer two meals for the price of one. Various locations, Paris, Sept. 22-28.


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