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Forget about that rancid, musty smell of used clothing. Forget about bins and creaking racks of clothes about to collapse from the weight of so many once-loved, now-rejected garments. When you walk into Le Marché Noir (18 rue Perrée, 75003 Paris), you might think you are entering a couture emporium on the Avenue Montaigne. A couture emporium with a difference: decorated in African-royal-meets-British-colonial style, it sells selected vintage clothing imported from Africa and other parts of the world by Amah Ayivi, the king of vintage cool who opened the clothing shop on the mezzanine of the Comptoir Général. Mocktails, fruit juices and other drinks can be sipped in the tearoom, and alterations are available to customize that ’70s-style green-and-orange polyester dress you can’t live without.

Heidi Ellison


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).

100% Doc
> All about documentary films: screenings, talks, workshops and online offerings. Forum des Images, Paris, through July 31.

Black Summer Festival
> Funk, soul, reggae, afrobeat, jazz, hip-hop, blues and salsa at this summer music festival. Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, through July 31.

Cinéma au Clair de Lune
> This free outdoor film festival has been cancelled this year for security reasons.

Cinéma en Plein Air
> The free outdoor film festival moves indoors this year for security reasons. Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, through Aug. 21.

Ciné Quartier 13
> Free outdoor films in the parks of the 13th arrondissement on Friday evenings. This year's theme: time travel. Various locations, Paris, through Aug. 12.

Deauville American Film Festival
> Films by up-and-coming directors in competition, with premiers, tributes, celebrity appearances and more. Deauville, Sept. 2-11.

Festival Classique au Vert
> Free outdoor classical concerts in the Parc Floral (admission: €6), Paris, Aug. 6-Sept. 18.

Festival de l’Orangerie de Sceaux
> Classical concerts, Parc de Sceaux, Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 13-Sept. 18.

Festival International des Jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire
> The popular garden festival in the park of the Château de Chaumont celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Chaumont-sur-Loire, through Nov. 2.

Festival les Pestacles
> Concerts and other activities for kiddies age five and up. Parc Floral, Paris, through Sept. 28.

Forum FNAC Livres
> A new  literary event with signings, talks, roundtables, etc., this year featuring Jonathan Franzen. Free admission. Carreau du Temple, Paris, Sept. 2-4.

Kiosques en Fête
> The bandstands in Paris’s parks come alive with concerts, writing workshops, club meetings and even a square dance. Various locations, Paris, through Dec. 31.

La Plage de Glaz'Art
> Sandy beach and nightly concerts or DJs. Glaz'Art, Paris, through Oct. 1.

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. 25.

L'Été du Canal
> Theme cruises (street food, music, art, etc.) and other activities like the construction of an ephemeral village, balls, restaurants and bars. Weekends in July and August, Canal de l'Ourcq.

Monuments en Mouvement
> Free dance performances choreographed for national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and more. Various locations, through Sept. 19.

Paris Jazz Festival
> Free weekend jazz concerts in the park. Parc Floral (admission to park: €6), Paris, through July 31.

Paris Plages
> Fun in the sun on the banks of the Seine, the Bassin de la Villette and the Parvis de l'Hôtel de Ville: sandy beach, pool, dance lessons, restaurants, volleyball, free concerts and more. Paris, through Aug. 21.

Paris Quartier d’Eté
> Annual festival of music, dance, theater and more from around the world. Various locations, Paris, through Aug. 7.

Rock en Seine
> Three-day rock festival, featuring Iggy Pop, The Last Shadow Puppets, Massive Attack, the Foals and many other groups. Domaine de Saint-Cloud, Aug. 26-28.

> Retail sales in Paris stores: through Aug. 2.


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Paris Update The Lowdown

Paris Update is taking its annual summer vacation. The next new issue will appear on September 14, 2016. 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 !

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