NOTE: Daylight Savings in the US/CAN is March 8th. In France/Europe it's March 29th.
The charity thrift shop Emmaüs is holding its annual Grand Vent au Kilo (Big Clothing Sale by the Kilo) for just five days at their Boutique Davout (105 bd Davout, 20th) from 11am-7:45pm. Everything is €10/kilo...that's a lot of clothes if you're thinking ahead for the summertime!
Looking for something fun and a little naughty? The Poetry Brothel (Bordel de la Poesie) is a unique and immersive poetry event that takes poetry outside lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. Based on the fin-de-siecle bordellos in New Orleans and Paris, many of which functioned as safe havens for fledgling, avant-garde artists, The Poetry Brothel's "Madame" presents a rotating cast of poets as "whores," who impart their work in public readings and most distinctly, as purveyors of private, one-on-one poetry readings in back rooms. This immersive cabaret, offers a full bar, live jazz, burlesque dancers, painters, and fortune-tellers, with newly integrated themes, performances and installations at each event. From 8pm-5am at the Cave St-Sabin, 50 rue St-Sabin, 11th, tickets €15 online, €20 at the door, 1 drink included.
This year, the amazingly populuar Mondial du Tatouage returns to showcase the work of some of the best and most famous contemporary tattoo artists from around the world, with contests, seminars and of course tattoo stands. Live music events, phto exhibits, and other extras, check out the schedule and get your tickets online before trekking out to the Grande Halle at Parc de la Villette, 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris.
The 90th annual flea market fair on an island northwest of Paris brings together 700 professionals from all over Europe for the Foire de Chatou. At the Ile des Impressionistes (RER station Rueil-Malmaison). A variety of antiques, collectibles, books and records are up for grabs, along with regional French food specialties to eat at long wooden tables, accompanied by live musicians. Entry is only €6, and free for those under 15 - perfect for a weekend family outing.
The Omnivore World Food Tour comes to Paris this week with masterclasses by international chefs, special dinners (all booked by now, of course), and plenty of food and drink specialists manning the stands. It seems to be a rather untra-foodie event for the press and chefs rather than the general public, but if you like the challenge of trying to actually get a bite of food in the scrum, day passes are €39 (site only in French).
Heather will be the featured guest speaker at Parler Paris Après Midi, discussing the topic "How Parisian Women Do It: Feminism & Femininity in the City of Light". Naughty Paris Guides will be available for €25 (cash only). From 3-5pm, upstairs at Café de la Mairie, corner of Rue des Archives and Rue de Bretagne, 3rd. Free entry.
March 12 & 13
Join classical music lovers at the Institut Finlandais (in the Latin Quarter) for two nights of Cocktails & Conversations featuring chamber music by Gabriel Fauré and Robert Schumann by a brilliant ensemble of young professional artists, Sinfonietta. Tickets are €25 and include the concert, wine and canapés after the performance. Buy your tickets in advance on the official website.
The 17th annual Salon Vintage is one of the biggest vintage fairs in Paris, this year at the Carreau du Temple, €5 entry fee, ou can pre-purchase online to avoid lines, 150 stands of clothing, records, accessories, decor, and exposition of 1970s David Bowie posters. DJ entertainment.
Sex & Booze: An Erotic Book Club at The Chamber, where we'll be reading Story of O by Anne Declos, drinking cocktails, and talking about...well, sex. Limited to 8 women only, 8-10pm in a private home; sign up while there's space!
Although Wikipedia is not always flawless, it is absolutely right about the Missa Solemnis, composed by Beethoven over four years at the height of his powers: "The difficulty of the piece, combined with the requirements for a full orchestra, large chorus, and highly trained soloists, both vocal and instrumental, mean that it is not often performed by amateur or semi-professional ensembles." You will have a rare chance to hear this towering masterpiece for a modest price at either Saint Eustache or the American Cathedral, and to see for yourself the high standard reached by the Paris Choral Society. Don't wait -- order your tickets online now at www.parischoralsociety.org
Fifties' Sound brings us back with a retro-vintage attic sale at Next Step, 11 cour Débile, 11th, M° Voltaire. Starting at 10 AM, the fair is accompanied by a musical act at 5 PM with music from the 1940s and 1950s. Records, clothing, home decor, accessories and a men's retro hair stylist.
Heather will be signing books at the SOS Help's "Spring Book Sale" from 2-4pm, with €10 of every Naughty Paris Guide purchased (for €25) goes to the city's only English-language help line. Even if you aren't in the market for a naughty guide, come to the sale from noon-4pm for homebaked goods and bargain books for adults and children (paperbacks just €1, hardcovers €2). From noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices, 31 ave Pierre Ire de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma Marceau.
Join a fun and cosmopolitan group of ladies and gentlement for cocktails and tea...with a twist! Tea & Tipples is The Chamber's take on afternoon tea, with free-flowing cocktails and delicious savoury treats. The event takes place in a private vacation apartment and costs €34 for members, €54 for non-members.
Have you ever tried raw chocolates? Want to visit a real French chocolate factory? Rraw is a small, artisan company in the Parisian suburbs (Montreuil) making gourmet, organic, raw chocolates (they are amazing, you'd never guess they weren't cooked). The kitchens where they are made are open to the public once each month for a limited number of visitors at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. To get on the list send your request to Frédéric at email@example.com specifying which date, time and number of people you will be. Next dates are April 25 and May 30.
Coming in April...
Register now to participate in the monthly hosted dinner, Once Upon a Table, at the Latin Quarter cooking school Le Foodist. More than just a gourmet French meal hosted by a professional sommelier and chef, there's also a storyteller who takes you through the history and anecdotes behind each iconic French dish. You'll even learn the French sabering technique for opening a bottle of Champagne (and yes, you get to drink it, too). A true cultural education, you'll have plenty of great anecdotes for your next cocktail party! The full 5-course dinner including wine pairings and Champagne is €150/person.
The European Independent Film Festival showcases the best independent films from around the world in Paris cinemas.
Other Paris Calendar Links
- For general events around Paris: Que Faire à Paris?
- For literary events, readings, and classes: Monthly Paris Listing
- For indie/alternative music concerts see Gigs in Paris
- For art exhibitions in galleries and museum see Slash Paris
- For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism
- For naughty events, see the Naughty Paris Guide