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Calendar of Paris Events

May 13-16
The 27th annual Artists' Open Studios in Belleville takes place for four days in over 120 ateliers in Belleville (11th, 19th & 20th arrondissements). It's a great chance to see some neighborhoods tourists don't normally see, to meet local artists, and of course purchase some lovely artworks! Pick up a map and program at the Espace Jordain (3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 20th, M° Jourdain). Free entry. Open 2-8pm, Fri-Sat until 10pm. 

May 21
Check out your favorite Paris museum at night during the 12th annual Nuit Européenne des Musées, when all over Europe museums stay open until midnight...for free! Special flashlight tours, live music, installment arts, film screenings, costumed museum guides, and other fun events throughout the evening at each museum.

May 21-22
Attention equestrian fans: it's time for the one of the legendary horse racing events in Paris, the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil (16th). There will be food trucks, snack stands and you can also dine in the panoramic restaurant overlooking the racetrack. Tickets are €8. 

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Dining on the Eiffel Tower

Ooh....the Eiffel Tower restaurants not only have a new boss (the multi-Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse), they also have a new mini-website within the Eiffel Tower's official website (warning, stupid lounge music you can't turn off). Strangely, there is no mention of Ducasse on these pages. The Jules Verne (the haute-cuisine restaurant on the second level) is closed for renovations until December, but reservations will be taken by phone beginning October 15. There are two phone numbers, one to call from within France (which costs 15 cents/minute) and a number to call from abroad (which is a regular French landline). I tried to call the landline number from my phone here in Paris (because it's free with my monthly phone subscription), and I got a message asking me to call the other toll number. Curious, can someone call from abroad and tell me if you get that message too? The less expensive Altitude 95 is still open (I believe Ducasse is simply overlooking this one, not actually creating the menu), and now takes reservations by web form. Handy.




Elvis Tribute at La Scala


Last night I popped by La Scala "just for a moment" to see a few of the 26 bands performing Elvis hits in tribute to the King, who died 30 years ago this year. Hosted by the Ullmann Cabarock, there were quite a few performers I knew and wanted to see. Alas, as concerts always tend to start an hour (or two) late in Paris, I only got to see a few, including Nicolas' regular Kararocké band (in the photo above), Arthur H, Adanowsky (who happens to play Mathieu in the Julie Delpy film, Two Days in Paris), and Sheraff, who will be playing at the Fleche d'Or October 2nd. If they can play their own songs with even half the energy they had playing Elvis' "That's Alright", then they're more than worth the trek across town to see.

Sheraff singer Ben belting out his best Elvis.

Attacked by DJ Nikola Acin (of the Hellboys) on my way out...


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For all Kiwis and Rugby Fans

My Kiwi friend Claire asked me to invite all Kiwis (and friends of Kiwis) to join the France-New Zealand Association to watch the Rugby World Cup 2007 matches. The Frog Pubs will be organizing two pub crawls in Paris September 7 and September 12.

"Frog Pubs have pubs in four locations in Paris, so you’ll discover four different areas, and the crawls finish up in the very popular and busy areas of Chatelet and Odeon/St Germain.  Come along in big numbers, they’ll be great fun.  We expect to see both traveling kiwis and kiwis living in Paris, so it will be a great opportunity to meet new people and network.  Top-quality entertainment will be provided by Gary the magician… also brush up your haka skills, as the best hakas will win prizes!"

There will also be a friendly match organized and other France-New Zealand Association events during the World Cup. Visit the website for more info, and if you go be sure to say hi to the young and lovely Claire!  


Rock-en-Seine 2007: Day 3

Today is much drier, so it's possible to sit on the ground without a garbage bag seat.

The Lineup for August 26, 2007:

Housse de Racket
Bat for Lashes
The Horrors
Mark Ronson
Albert Hammond, Jr.
Kings of Leon
Bromheads Jacket
Just Jack
Enter Shikari
Craig Armstrong

All the way from Tennessee!
The Kings of Leon came highly recommended by Emilie (Le Mouv') and Nicolas (Ullmann), who had just been in Memphis, so I made the effort to get there on time. And they had a great "Strokes from the South" sound!
For the most part, the crowd did not turn into a mosh pit. In fact, people right at the front seemed annoyed if they were jostled. Sheesh. Isn't this a rock festival, folks? 
These crazy kids decided to create their own 3-person pit.
Bacl in the Mouv' studio in the VIP/Media section, the French band Nelson pull off an admirably British sound, en anglais.
I have to admit, I was badly prepared for Sunday (my brunch may have gone over schedule by a few hours) so I didn't have time to upload my photos from Day 2 onto my laptop, and therefore had no space left on the memory card to take new pics. These are all from my cell phone (which takes pretty crap pics despite being a cute pink Motorola Razor). I took some Björk video, sorry if the sound is a bit scratchy. You get the picture. Her show was fantastic, full of energy, and ending with a huge golden graffiti blast into the air.

Newsletter #79: August-September 2007

IN THIS ISSUE: * Heather’s News * Shopping: Rent a Gucci Bag * Shopping: Vintage Lingerie Stand Closes * Shopping Online: Girly with an Attitude * The Blog: Chanel, Rock Music, & Stars in Paris * Dining: New Reviews * Nightlife: Tango, baby! * Getting Around: Vélib’ Bikes, Part 2 * Naughty Paris : Postcards and a Novel * Naughty Nightlife: Régine’s is Back * Speaking of Naughty… * Outdoors: Come Run with the Hashers * Arts & Entertainment: Another Online Guide * Nightlife: Closings & Name Changes * Sightseeing: Gobelins Tapestry Manufacture * Sightseeing: Tours in a Historic 2CV * Bidding for Good: Win a Tour! * Heather Needs Help * Heather’s Tours and Vacation Planning * Are you on the list? * STILL Want to Change Your Subscription Address? Read this…

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