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November 5-13
The 41st annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €10, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010.  

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are Here! 
Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that the Christmas Market opens on the Champas-Elysées before Beaujolais Nouveau?  The two largest are opening mid-month this year.
- November 11-January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- November 17-December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense
Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere.   

November 17 
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here). And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli.  

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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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