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Calendar of Paris Events

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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Entries in France (30)

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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Wednesday
Nov282012

Stylepixie Work their Magic

Ever been to a hair show? No? You’re not alone. You might not even know what one is. Enlighten yourselves this Saturday with “illuminata”, the first hair show organised by stylepixie English hairdressers right here in Paris.

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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
Oct042012

The Merde Factor with Stephen Clarke

Paris expat Stephen Clarke is the author of the best-selling series of "Merde" novels such as A Year in the Merde and books about France and its people such as Talk to the Snail and -- one of my favorite history books -- 1000 Years of Annoying the French. Earlier this week I met up with Stephen at Café Le Nemours on Place Colette (outside the Palais Royal) to chat about his latest novel about the adventures of Paul West and his motley gang of Parisian friends and co-workers: The Merde Factor (available in France and the UK now, coming to the US end of October).

Friday
Sep282012

Antiques & Ham Fair

The 85th annual Foire Nationale à la Brocante et aux Jambons is actually a mix of over 800 stands selling antiques and bric-a-brac, with an entire section dedicated to regional French foods, particulary pork in all its varieties.

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Tuesday
Jul102012

Naughty Paris, Take Two! 


While Parisians prepare for the Firemen’s Ball, Bastille Day celebrations, and their mass exodus from the city for summer holidays, I’ve been preparing for something entirely different. Beginning tomorrow, the official “Naughty Guides” photographer Kirsten Loop will join me here in Paris for a 10-day whirlwind schedule of photo shoots to update our award-winning travel book, “Naughty Paris: A Lady’s Guide to the Sexy City”.

 
This long-awaited second edition will have a whole new selection of hotels, bars, spas, restaurants, night clubs, boutiques and naughty nightlife, all carefully handpicked for discerning ladies. All which need to be photographed, of course. And having done this twice now (shooting the first Naughty Paris and more recently Naughty New York), I know in advance that despite a physically grueling schedule, sleep deprivation, fickle weather, and dealing with some rather awkward situations (considering the material we’re shooting), that we’re going to have far too much fun to call it “work”. Follow our adventures over the next ten days on Kirsten’s blog, The Naughty Paris Guide Photographer
 
We’ll be Tweeting on location, posting behind-the-scenes pics on our Facebook page, and inviting those of you in Paris to join the crew for an exceptional Naughty Paris Happy Hour. And we’ll also be announcing some surprise giveaways and special discounts. So stay tuned!