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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

April 24-May 22
April 26th is the Journée Nationale de la Déportation (National Day in Memory of the Deportation) in memory of the victims and the heros of the Nazi deportations during WWII. There are several events in Paris commemorating the solemn event, including a ceremony at the Mémorial National des Martyrs de la Déportation at the Square de l’Île-de-France (the eastern tip of the Ile de la Cité, behind Notre Dame) at 9:45am; a ceremony at the Mémorial de la Shoah (17 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, 4th) at 3pm; and a ceremony at the Memorial Flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe at 6:30pm. 

April 25
Internationally renowned peace activist Ravi Shankar will be in Paris tonight for a presentation, "Discourse, Music & Meditation" from 7-9pm at the Maison de la Mutualité (24 rue Saint Victor, 5th), tickets €15-€50.

April 30
Paris is the host city for the 2015 International Jazz Day, with a live broadcast performance at the grand UNESCO headquarters (7th) with internationally renowned jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves. Other events will take place around Paris including at the Club Rayé. Check out the website for the program. And read this Guardian article for a rundown of the best jazz clubs in Paris.

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Friday
Nov292013

Visit a Paris Museum December 1st, Help the Philippines

French museums, in solidarity with the Croix Rouge (French Red Cross), are hosting a Dimanche de Solidarité on December 1st to help raise urgently needed funds fordisaster relief in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. 

Official Croix Rouge volunteers will be in the following museums this Sunday collection donations of loose change (or loose bills, if you're feeling flush):

* Musée du Louvre
* Musée des Arts Asiatiques Guimet
* Musée du Quai Branly
* Palais de Tokyo
* Musée Rodin
* Musée d’Orsay
* Musée de l’Orangerie
* Château de Versailles
* Centre Pompidou

Don't forget that these museums are open for free the first Sunday of the month, an added incentive to help out those in urgent need of clean water, food and shelter. 

Wednesday
Feb272013

We're All Guilty of Green Washing (even in France)

The French group Tryo put out this great video for their song "Green Washing". If your French is a little rusty (and you can't figure it out from the vedeo), it's basically a song about how consumers prefer "green washing" (or the practice of slapping a green label on something that really isn't that environmentally friendly) to actually changing our lifestyle and making better choices for the planet.

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Friday
Nov302012

Radios for the Homeless

Looking for a new way to help those on the street this holiday season? Give them a gift that keeps on giving: a small, dynamo-powered radio so they can listen to music and the news.

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Wednesday
Oct312012

Liberté, Egalité, Cupcakes

Had you followed the damp queue through the mysterious door on the Quai de Jemmapes last Saturday, you would have been rewarded with a glorious sight. On every surface were perched bright, colourful, scrumptious treats - cupcakes everywhere, as far as the eye can see. This can only mean one thing: the third edition of Cupcake Camp Paris was in full swing at the trendy Comptoir Général.

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Thursday
Oct182012

The Future of Food is in the Flavor

If you don't already know about Dan Barber's Manhattan restaurant Blue Hill, or his family's Upstate New York farm, or his TED Talks on natural foie gras (made without force feeding the geese) and how he fell in love with a fish (sustainable and tasty), or even how he was named one of Time Magazine's World's 100 Most Influencial People in 2009, know this:

Dan Barber is on a crusade to bring flavor back to the table. Not just to the tables of Michelin-starred restaurants, but to YOUR table. This month Alain Ducasse brought him to Paris to spread the word.

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Thursday
Mar082012

Dinner & Concert with Leslie Caron and Givenchy at Château de Chantilly

A very unique, once-in-a-lifetime event! Participate in an unforgettable evening April 7th at the gorgeous Château de Chantilly and its Grand Stables, with dinner and music in the presence of legendary French actress Leslie Caron and couturier Hubert de Givenchy

The American Friends of Chantilly and the Fondation pour la Sauvegarde et le Développement du Domaine de Chantilly, two non-profit organisations dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Domaine de Chantilly, are hosting a special fundraising event, "Memories & Melodies", to help restore the 19th-century Ile d'Amour, or Island of Love, in the château's romantic English gardens. The event begins on April 7th at 7pm with dinner in in the Château's elegant Galerie des Cerfs, where Ms Caron and Mr de Givenchy will share their memories of the filming of two great American masterpieces, An American in Paris and Funny Face (the latter was filmed in Chantilly in 1957). 


Dinner will be followed with a concert by the Chantilly Conservatory of Music, whose full orchestra and choir will be performing music by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein under the dome of the Grand Stables. This will be the first opportunity to view the sculpted fountain newly restored thanks to the friends and members of the American Friends of Chantilly.

Seats at the event are €220/person (€180 if you're a member of the AFC), with optional round-trip shuttle from Paris for €20, or a night at the four-star Dolce Hotel for €160 (double room with breakfast). Dress code: cocktail attire. RSVP by April 3rd to AFP President, Candice Nancel, at afceurope@orange.fr or 06 14 67 04 49.