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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
Aug282009

Rock-en-Seine 2009 Preview

The weather is a gorgeous 70°F, sunny with a cool breeze, not a heat wave nor rain cloud in sight. It doesn't get any better than that for the 7th annual Rock-en-Seine festival, which starts today at 3pm. Not only is this one of the biggest rock festivals in France -- 47 bands in 3 days on 3 stages, with over 75,000 attendees -- it takes place in a magnificent setting on the edge of Paris (just across the Seine from the metro station Pont de Saint-Cloud), in the historic park of the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud.

 

This year's bands (*only concert in France):

Friday 28th August

OASIS (UK)
AMY MACDONALD (UK)
VAMPIRE WEEKEND * (US)
BLOC PARTY (UK)
MADNESS *(UK)
YEAH YEAH YEAHS (US)
VITALIC (FR)
KEANE (UK)
JUST JACK * (UK)
ASHER ROTH (US) *
PASSION PIT (US)
BILL CALAHAN (US)
JAMES HUNTER (UK)
THE TATIANAS (FR)
OCEANA (BERLIN)
GUSH (FR)

Saturday the 29th

FAITH NO MORE * (US)
THE OFFSPRING (US)
BIRDY NAM NAM (FR)
THE HORRORS (UK)
YANN TIERSEN (FR)
CALVIN HARRIS * (UK)
SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS (US)
EBONY BONES (UK)
NOISETTES (UK)
KITTY DAISY AND LEWIS * (UK)
DANANANANAYCROYD (UK)
BILLY TALENT (CANADA)
THE ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR (DENMARK)
JILL IS LUCKY (FR)
ZONE LIBRE VS CAZEY AND B.JAMES (FR)
CHEVEU (FR)

Sunday the 30th

THE PRODIGY (UK)
MGMT * (US)
KLAXONS (UK)
MACY GRAY * (US)
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL * (US)
SLIIMY (FR)
METRIC (CANADA)
PATRICK WOLF * (UK)
ROBIN McKELLE (US)
LES PETITS POIS * (see below)
SAMMY DECOSTER (FR)
BAABA MAAL * (SENEGAL)
LILLY WOOD & THE PRICK (FR)
HINDI ZAHRA (FR)
VETO (DENMARK)

The worst-kept secret of this year's Rock-en-Seine is that "Les Petits Pois" are actually Them Crooked Vultures, made up of Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana), Joshua Homme (QOTSA, Eagles of Death Metal), and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin).

In addition to the bands, there are also "rock" themed art exhibitions, the usual array of food, drink and souvenir stands, and a special tent for kids (far from the noise).

As usual, no cameras, recorders or alcohol can be brought into the festival (you can buy plenty there). Make sure you have cash before you arrive, as there are no cash machines in or near the park (and the ones around the metro station will surely be emptied out in no time), and no credit cards are accepted for payment.

As of today,Friday tickets and three-day passes are sold out, but tickets for Saturday and Sunday are still available.

Stay tuned for photos and reports from the field!

See my photo essays of the last three Rock-en-Seine festivals:

Rock-en-Seine 2006

Rock-en-Seine 2007

Rock-en-Seine 2008 and here

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