The Gaïté Lyrique is an elusive place. Not physically: the building is grand, impressive and situated an easy walk from the centre of town. It is what lies behind the façade that is not easily categorised. For the curious, however, it turns out to be one of the most individual tourist attractions in Paris: a forward-thinking haven of digital culture and modern music, currently welcoming art collective H5’s Hello™ exhibition as well as recent concerts by international groups from Maximo Park to Jagwa Music.
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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.
In this Issue:
Feeling Good to Support Breast Health
Cup Cakes for the Make-a-Wish
10k to Support Cancer Patients
Jazz at the Ambassador’s Residence
Soup Kitchen Needs Volunteers
Spooky Day of the Dead Events
Favorite Fall Museum Exhibitions
Disneyland Paris 20th anniversary show
Two Free Paris Apps
French Culture through Food & Wine
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.
I took a short cut through the Bon Marché Department Store last week (well, it's big), and was surprised to find the 160th anniversary decorations are actually pretty cute. Catherine Deneuve is the muse for this Rive Gauche event, with her cartoon caricature accompanying you in a fun little photo booth (€5) and a moody video of the actress traipsing around the Left Bank. There are quite a few "Limited Edition" products for sale created especially for the event, including a Jean-Paul Gaulthier sailor shirt, a cute Lapin Ange stuffed animal, a chocolate bar in the image of the shop, and plenty of home decor and clothing. The scootering Lacoste shirt, I quite like. Have a look if you're in the hood. Through October 27.