Sunday
Feb032019

What's On in Paris - February 2019

February 1-3
Ready to explore the hidden side of Paris? This weekend is the annual Paris Face Caché with visits under three categories: "L'Inédit", "L'Interdit", and "Artistiques". Some are free, some are paid (€9-€15), reserve your spots rom January 14th, it fills up fast! See the full program here.

Through February 3
After having hung hundreds of white spheres in a New York City park, the Austrian artist Erwin Redl has unveiled his latest work, "Light Matters" at the Fondation EDF, a labyrinth on two floors composed of thousands of LED lights oscillating between red and blue as you walk past them, detecting your body movements. Free entry, 6 rue Recamier, 6th, M° Sèvres-Babylone, open Tues-Sun noon-7pm.

February 4-16
The 12th edition of the Festival au Fil des Voix features some of the best World Music singers from all over the world. "The festival Au Fil des Voix aims to defend musical diversity by offering more than just a concert: on stage, there are new encounters, sometimes daring, natural or unforeseen; transcultural dialogues, reflections of the artistic wealth of the world." This year there will be 12 exceptional concerts: the opening night at La Cigale, evenings at the Bal Blomet, the Studio de l’Ermitage, L’Alhambra and the closing night at the Trianon. Tickets €15-45, multi-concert passes available in the French version of the site only.

February 5th
French labor unions have called for a 24-hour nationwide strike on Tuesday February 5th. In Paris, expect transport disruptions and possibly closed tourist sights (check Twitter accounts for latest news from the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, etc). A march will take place from Hôtel de Ville to Place de la Concorde at 2pm. 

February 5-17
The Chinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Dog on February 16th with several events around Paris all weeklong, including the big Chinese New Year Parade in the 13th arrondissement (the largest Chinatown district in France) on February 25th starting on Avenue d'Ivry. There are also events in the 3rd arrondisselent and Belleville district. See the full schedule here

February 6 & 13
SOS Help, the confidential English listening line in Paris, needs volunteers for the coming season. If you're interested, you only need to attend one of the information sessions in February, 7pm at the American Church of Paris (65 Quai d'Orsay, 7th). Potential listeners should live in the Paris area and be available for 15 months. The first training session is all day on Saturday 9th March and is mandatory for Listeners. The following evening sessions are 25th March, 16th April, 16th May and 3rd June. For more info visit their website.

Starting February 7
Tickets go on sale today for Solidays (June 21-23, 2019), a huge music festival to raise awareness of the continued fight against AIDS/HIV. You can buy 3-day passes for only €39: but act fast, because once these run out, they go up in increments of 10 up until €89. 

February 8-10
If you live in Paris and can't stop yourself from buying houseplants (either because you're creating your own urban jungle chez vous or because you keep killing the ones you already have), Plantes pour Tous is for you! They have Grandes Ventes de Plantes one weekend each month in towns all over France where houseplants (including succulents and cacti) are sold for €2, €5 and €10. They also sell large houseplants for €15-€50, the largest which you can pre-order online to pick up at the sale. As there is always a huge number of people, get there the first day if possible and be patient if there's a long line, it's worth it! This weekend's Paris sale is at the Atelier Basfroi (11th) from noon-7pm. 

February 8-9
Sinfonietta presents 
two enchanting evenings of chamber music by Ludwig von Beethoven (Trios Op 70 N° 1 and 2), featuring the Trio Zadig: Boris Borgolotto, violin; Marc Girard-Garcia, violoncello; Ian Barber, piano. "Our Cocktails and Conversations create a blend of culture and privileged conversations, chamber music and excellent wine, offering a unique experience to our guests." The February 8th concert will be in a charming private residence in the 14th arrondissement, and Saturday, February 9th will be at Reid Hall - Columbia Global Center (6th). Tickets €25, reserve your places online.

February 15
Want to watch French films (but with English subtitles)? Lost in Frenchlation is holding their V-Day comedy night with an English stand-up comedian followed by a screening of "Premières Vacances" with translated subtitles at Club L'Etoile (17th). The bar opens at 6:30pm, comedy show from 7:30pm, and the film at 8pm. Tickets €15, reserve your space online here

Through February 19
The annual winter sales, aka Les Soldes. Honestly, the rules about when and how sales can take place in France have essentially made the sales irrelevant. There are sales all of the time now (often called "promotion" or "7 Jours BHV" or something like that), and websites and shops that do "ventes privées" which are open to anyone. But if you like standing in long lines and wrestling for that one pair of shoes in your size, you've got five weeks to enjoy the chaos.

February 21
"A Celebration of Khalil Gibran" is a special cultural event in partnership with the Embassy of Lebanon and The American Cathedral in Paris around the Paris book release of Paul-Gordon Chandler’s new book on the Lebanese born poet-artist Khalil Gibran titled IN SEARCH OF A PROPHET: A Spiritual Journey with Kahlil GibranChandler will take the listener on a fascinating journey through all-embracing nature of Khalil Gibran, the early 20th century Arab American poet-artist, best known as the author of The Prophet. There will also be special musical performances with lyrics of Gibran’s poetry. The program will be followed by a reception and book-signing. Free event, but because of limited space you need to reserve your tickets here.

Starting February 22
The immensely popular Atelier des Lumières is reopening from February 22nd with three new immersive exhibits: "Van Gogh: Starry Night", "Dreamed Japan: Images of the Floating World", and "Verse", a "hypnotic and metaphysical journey" in the Atelier des Lumière's Studio. Tickets are already on sale, and they tend to sell out quickly (they're sold for specific dates and times to reduce bottlenecks), €14.50 for regular tickets and discounts for students, families and seniors.  

Starting February 23
Escape the crowds by skipping Versailles on your next trip and heading up to the magnificent Château de Chantilly instead for the reopening of the newly-restored Private Apartments of the Duke and Dutchess d'Aumale (the last of the Bourbon-Condé line of French princes). Created in the 16th-century Renaissance wing of the château, these apartments installed in 1845 are the only fully-intact example of interior decor from the July Monarchy. There are three tours each day (in English at 11:30am), for €5 (in addition to the entrance ticket),

Through March 2
BORDALO II (aka BORDALO "Segundo"), one of the biggest names on the international street art scene, is back in Paris for a special show of 30 of his wild animal sculptures created from recycled plastic garbage to show the devastating effects of our trash on nature. "Accord de Paris" takes placein a 700m² exhibition space in the 13th arrondissement, hosted off-site by the Galerie Mathgoth, 10-12 avenue de France, 13th, M° Bibliothèque or Quai de la Gare). Free entry, Tuesday-Saturday 2-7pm. 

Plan Ahead for March Events

March 3: Carnaval de Paris
March 6: 2019 Roland Garros Tickets on Sale
March 17: SOS Helpline's Spring Donated Booksale 
March 31: Carnaval des Femmes

Other Paris Calendar Links

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       For general events around Paris (including sports): Que Faire à Paris?

▪       For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism

Monday
Dec312018

What's On in Paris - January 2019

Through January 6
The largest Marché de Noël in central Paris takes place this year in the Jardin des Tuileries, with a skating rink and 120 little chalets selling French crafts, holiday gifts, and regional food specialties lit up by the giant Ferris Wheel, merry-go-round and other funfair rides for all ages. Entry is free, rides each have their own fee. Open Mon-Thurs 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat until 12:45am, Sun until 11:45pm, Dec 24-25 until 9pm. 

Through January 6
Noël aux Gobelins is a rare opening with free entry to Paris' famed 17th-century tapestry workshop, the Manufacture des Gobelins, to celebrate the magic of Christmas for the whole family. The free exposition brings to life Fontaine's Fables, the cape-andsword adventures of Puss in Boots, Don Quichotte and Sancho Panza, as well as Perrault's fairy tales of Tom Thumb and Sleeping Beauty. There will also be displayed the whimsical paper sculptures of Junior Fritz Jacquet, Les Végétales. Open 11am-6pm (closed Dec 31st/Jan 1st).

Through January 6
The family-owned Château Vaux-le-Vicomte (the 17th-century palace that inspired Versailles) becomes a Christmas wonderland in December, decorated from top to bottom, each room in a different holiday theme, fireplaces ablaze, and holiday music playing. And at night the château facade and the gardens are lit with festive lights. It's a magical experience, not to be missed! There are even carriage rides on the grounds. Open Wed-Sun from November 24th to December 21st, and every day from December 22nd to January 6th (closed Christmas and New Year's Day). From 11 AM to 6:00 PM (until 4:45pm on 24/12 and 31/12). Entry €19.50 for adults, reserve in advance online (where you'll also find the schedule for the shuttle from Melun train station to the chateau). 

Through January 7
If you saw Midnight in Paris you'll recognize the Musée des Arts Forains, a private museum of antique carnival and fair rides and decor in a stunning setting, with regular performances by dancers, magicians, puppeteers, and musicians, open by reservation only for the holidays, La Festival du Merveilleux. Tickets €14, tours daily (including Christmas), in French with an English handout. 10am -- 6pm.

Through January 12th
The famous street and urban artists Jace, Jef Aérosol, Gérard Zlotykamien, Mademoiselle Maurice, and Aurel Rubbish have a collective show "Résidence #2" at the Mathgoth Gallery (34, rue Hélène Brion, 13th). The show continues through January 12th (Wed-Sat 2-7pm), free entry. 

Through January 15 
For the first time in its several-hundred-years-history, the Jardin des Plantes (the gardens of the National Museum of Natural History) is hosting a nocturnal light festival "Espèces en voie d'illumination" featuring giant illulinated animals which are either already extinct or quickly on their way there. It's a magical setting to get across a serious subject, perfect for kids as well as adults looking for a unique evening activity over the holidays. Tickets are €15 (14 if you buy in advance), €12 for kids under 12, free for kids under 3.

Through February 3
After having hung hundreds of white spheres in a New York City park, the Austrian artist Erwin Redl has unveiled his latest work, "Light Matters" at the Fondation EDF, a labyrinth on two floors composed of thousands of LED lights oscillating between red and blue as you walk past them, detecting your body movements. Free entry, 6 rue Recamier, 6th, M° Sèvres-Babylone, open Tues-Sun noon-7pm.

January 9-February 19
The annual winter sales, aka Les Soldes. Honestly, the rules about when and how sales can take place in France have essentially made the sales irrelevant. There are sales all of the time now (often called "promotion" or "7 Jours BHV" or something like that), and websites and shops that do "ventes privées" which are open to anyone. But if you like standing in long lines and wrestling for that one pair of shoes in your size, you've got five weeks to enjoy the chaos.

January 18-26
Looking for a way to cozy up the chilly winter nights? It's time for the annual Paris Cocktail Week, with 50 participating bars promoting 150 special cocktails (with and without alcohol for those sticking to New Year's resolutions to cut back,#spiritfree) and 9 special events and workshops. To participate you can get your free pass on the official site.

Upcoming February Events

February 1-3
Ready to explore the hidden side of Paris? This weekend is the annual Paris Face Caché with visits under three categories: "L'Inédit", "L'Interdit", and "Artistiques". Some are free, some are paid (€9-€15), reserve your spots rom January 14th, it fills up fast! See the full program here.

February 4-16
The 12th edition of the Festival au Fil des Voix features some of the best World Music singers from all over the world. "The festival Au Fil des Voix aims to defend musical diversity by offering more than just a concert: on stage, there are new encounters, sometimes daring, natural or unforeseen; transcultural dialogues, reflections of the artistic wealth of the world." This year there will be 12 exceptional concerts: the opening night at La Cigale, evenings at the Bal Blomet, the Studio de l’Ermitage, L’Alhambra and the closing night at the Trianon. Tickets €15-45, multi-concert passes available in the French version of the site only.

February 5-17
The Chinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Dog on February 16th with several events around Paris all weeklong, including the big Chinese New Year Parade in the 13th arrondissement (the largest Chinatown district in France) on February 25th starting on Avenue d'Ivry. There are also events in the 3rd arrondisselent and Belleville district. See the full schedule here

Other Paris Calendar Links

▪       For French Theatre with English surtitles: Theatre in Paris 

▪       For general events around Paris (including sports): Que Faire à Paris?

▪       For literary events, readings, and classes: Monthly Paris Listing

▪       For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism