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American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 to share the hidden side of the City of Light. Discover what you've been missing:

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Calendar of Paris Events

Through October 3
Don't miss one of the most magical events of the summer, the Candlelit Evenings at the Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, just an hour south of Paris by RER and shuttle. Visit the family-owned palace and gardens that inspired Versailles by candlelight, including dinner in the gardens (or bring your own picnic or book a table for a gourmet meal starting at €59) and a fireworks finale. Every Saturday evening, entry €19.50. 

Through October 18
The 32nd annual funfair carnival, the Fête à Neu Neu, opens on August 30th in the Bois de Boulogne (Porte de la Muette, 16th, M° Rue de la Pompe). Open 4pm-midnight Mon, Tues, & Thurs; 2pm-midnight Wed & Fri; and noon to midnight Sat-Sun. Free entry, ATM, Vélib station, food tents and rides (tickets purchased onsite).  

September 11-13
The annual Fête de l'Humanité is three days of live music (65 acts including headliners Manu Chao, Texas, and Juliette Gréco), debates (because the French love a good debate), arts and cinema expositions, a bal populaire, a book fair, and activities for kids. The main sponsor/organizer is the daily newspaper L'Humanité, whose motto is "Envie de Changer Le Monde" (The desire to change the world), so you can imagine it's quite a leftie leaning festival where politics, social justice and liberty are the main stars. This year it takes place in La Corneuve (northeast suburbs), and three-day passes are just €32 (€35 at the door; camping and parking also possible). 

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Saturday
Apr032010

Adanowsky Concert Tonight at Bus Paladium

On Wednesday I went to L'International Bar on the Rue Moret in the 11th to see Adanowsky, just back from a successful tour in Latin America, play for a crowd of mostly friends and family. I've seen Adan play before, and he's a born entertainer, so it was a pleasure to see him en forme and to hear some of the songs from his new album Amador (many in Spanish, because although he grew up in France, Adan's mother is Mexican-Irish and his father is the Chilean director Alejandro  Jodorowsky, so he's fluent in many languages). The boys from Gush joined in for a few songs (they'll be opening for Adan at La Cigale on June 8), and the show ended with a raucous singalong with the packed crowd followed by a DJ set by the ever-present master of ceremonies Nicolas Ullmann.

Adanowsky and Nicolas Ullmann

As much as I like the old-school basement atmosphere of L'International, tonight's free show at the Bus Paladium (6 Rue Fontaine, 9th) is bound to be even better. Free entry, concert at 10pm downstairs, restaurant (warning: quite pricey) open upstairs from 9pm. Whether you're a fan or just looking for some good entertainment for the evening, I highly recommend checking it out (although I must say that listening to him sing in Spanish makes me wish I was somewhere warmer than Paris right now...spring can come anyday!)

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