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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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Friday
Feb062009

La Nuit Americaine at Flûte l'Etoile

Text and photos by Dave Guilford


Last Sunday was Flûte L'Etoile's first La Nuit Americaine, and judging by the crowd and the atmosphere, it was a big success. The brainchild of Flûte owner Herve Rousseau, La Nuit Americaine will be a regular weekly event held on Sunday nights starting at 7:00 pm. His passion for melding French and American culture provided the inspiration for the party.

Hosted by the charming and vivacious Maggie Kennedy (left), an expat from New Orleans, the evening's Mardi Gras theme was brought to life with drink specials on Big Easy favorites like Hurricanes and Mint Juleps. The mojitos at Flute are always popular, and the refreshing champagne sangria seemed to be the big hit of the evening.

While it can feel a little strange walking into a French bar and hearing nothing but English, it doesn't take long to settle into this little slice of Americana right here in Paris. Maggie tells me that other theme nights are in the works, so get your '70s gear ready and make plans to check out La Nuit Americaine at Flute. Check the calendar for updates on upcoming theme nights.

Flute l'Etoile
19 rue de l'Etoile, 17th
M° Charles de Gaulle Etoile
Tel 01 45 72 10 14

http://www.flutebar.fr

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