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Paris Events Calendar - May 2014

May Holidays

May 1
Fête du Travail
-- Labor Day -- expect holiday closures of all government buildings and most museums and monuments. Many office workers also take off on Friday for the long weekend.

May 8
Victory Day 1945 -- aka V-Day -- an official French holiday, but not everything will be closed like it is on the 1st. Many office workers also take off on Friday for the long weekend.

May 29
Ascension is a Catholic holiday, and a bank holiday in France that most office workers take off, but otherwise all of the museums and monuments have normal hours. This is the last long weekend of holidays until Bastille Day in July.

Exhibits & Events

May 17
La Nuit Européenne des Musées
is a free festival of culture and art in participating museums and cultural centers throughout Europe, which stay open later than usual, propose special events to draw in the public, and no entry fees. In Paris you can find the long list of venues online, from the obvious like the Louvre and Orsay to the more interesting and lesser-known places such as the Musée de Minérologie, the Musée Curie, or the Centre de Culture de Serbie which is showing a special exhibition on Serbia during WWI. 

Through May 18
Kicking off this year's exhibits at the Musée du Quai Branly is Black Atlantic, an exhibition of the book Negro Anthology by Nancy Cunard, published in 1934. "Lavishly illustrated, this 858-page book, resembling a major documentary enquiry, blends popular culture, sociology, politics, history, art history in the form of articles, archives, photographs, extracts from the press, musical scores, eye-witness accounts etc." Buy tickets online for this exhibit at 37 quai Branly, 75007 Paris. 

May 23-26
The 25th annual Belleville Artists' Open Studios (Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d'Artistes de Belleville) takes place this weekend with over 250 artists in 120 studios hidden and around the Belleville district, the largest of its kind in France. It's a great wayto discover the neighborhood, meet local artists, and buy original paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints, and drawings at great prices. Free entry, get the map at the Galerie des AAB (1 rue Francis Picabia, 20th, M° Couronnes).

May 24-25
Les Frigos (19 rue des Frigos, 13th, M° Bibliothèque or Quai de la Gare) was one of the first artists' squats to get legalized in Paris. Check out 200 amazing artists and the converted meat lockers where they work during this weekend's Open Ateliers (Portes Ouvertes 2014), Saturday from 11am-10pm, Sunday 2-8pm. Free entry.  

Through June 15
Comic book fans, take heed! New exhibit Superheroes: the Art of Alex Ross at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture brings to us the work of a groundbreaking comic book artist, who has worked on the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Wednesday to Sunday, 11 AM-6 PM at 34 avenue du New York, Paris 75116. 

Through June 15
For those looking for events commemorating WWI (1914-1918), the Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris (Municipal Libraries Gallery, 22 rue Malher, 4th) is hosting a fascinating exhibit, Paris 14/18, la Guerre au Quotidien. It includes over 200 photos and films, never shown in public before, documenting the life of Parisians during the war years, and how the city and the country were forever changed. Watch the trailer for the exhibit here (en français). The expo is free, open Tues-Sun 1-7pm (Thursdays until 9pm). 

Through August 4
Fields of Battle-Lands of Peace 14-18 is a free photo exposition on the eastern end of the wrought iron fence around Luxembourg Gardens of 79 striking contemporary images by Irish photographer (and battlefield guide) Mike Sheil. The photos are taken of World War I battlefields in Europe, eastern Africa, Israel and Turkey, with captions in French and English. Inside the gardens there’s also a large walk-on map of the battlefields just in front of the Senate building.  

Through August 31
Between the Lines and the Trenches, a very intimate collection of personal letters, notebooks and photos from the trenches, many never published before. At the Museum of Letters and Manuscripts (222 Boulevard Saint-Germain), through August 31st, entry €7. 

Through August 31 
Il était une fois: L’Orient Express (Once Upon a Time on the Orient Express) at the Institut du Monde Arabe (1, rue des Fossés Saint-Bernard, 5th) presents a historic look at the Orieint Express and its link between Europe and the Middle East. There are three luxury passenger cars and a dining car you can walk through on the esplanade outside, followed by the exhibit inside the museum of vintage promotional posters, luggage and items including Graham Greene’s typewriter and Agatha Christie’s hat and coat, staff uniforms, as well as films and photos. Entry €8.50-€10.50, free under 16.

Through November 3, 2014
The Grand Galerie d'Evolution at the Jardin des Plantes (Natural History Museum) is hosting a fabulous new exhibition, Nuit, an exploration of the night in all its aspects from scientific to imaginary, presented in four sections: the night sky, noctural life in the natural world, a night of sleep, and myths and monsters of the night. Open daily except Tuesday from 10am-6pm (nope, not open at night). Entry €9, €7 for kids and students 4-24 years.

Food & Entertainment   

April 30- May11
The annual Paris Fair -- aka Foire de Paris -- has been running since 1889. It's essentially an enormous trade show for the public at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, with huge halls dedicated to food and wine, home decor and DIY, health and well-being, international culture and crafts, and "leisure" (travel and hobbies). There are always special events, concerts, and competitions (the latest inventions competition is always fun to see). Open daily 10am-7pm, until 9pm on Thuesday 1st and 8th May, and May 9th until 11pm. Tickets are €12. Get them in advance online or at FNAC, or face horrible lines at the entrance. Avoid the holidays and weekends, when it's most crowded. 

May 4
From 8:15 to 11 PM, enjoy the Once Upon a Table dinner at 59, Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris. For only €130, you have the chance to eat a five course French meal, drink local wine and immerse yourself in Paris' stellar food culture. Register on the website.

May 4-12
Aller Retour is a week of events celebrating the 80th anniversary of Henry Miller's naughty novel Tropic of Cancer, including art at Dorothy’s Gallery, poetry, dinner parties, film screenings, live music, and a pop-up bookstore at the legendary Shakespeare and Company bookstore with an exhibit of rare manuscripts, letters, and books. Two of the events require advance tickets: on May 8th the Soirée Chez Jenny’s includes three-course dinner, live music and talks by leading experts on Henry Miller (including Mary Duncan from the Paris Writers Group); on May 10 the Parisian première of Michael Polish’s BIG SUR, the film based on Jack Kerouac’s novel with special guests, at Le Grand Action Cinéma. Come mingle with an international crowd of writers, publishers, artists, filmmakers and musicians! 

May 14
Fusion Jazz fans shouldn't miss the Rick Margitza Quartet in residence at Le Baiser Salé (58 rue des Lombards, 1st) tonight from 9:30pm.  Advance tickets online for €16.

May 18
Poet, travel writer and guide Lisa Pasold is hosting "Mysterious Passages" a guided 90-minute walk throgh the city's historic covered passages, where she recounts a very intriguiging story: "One evening in 1855, a guest at the Hotel des Familles disappears. The following afternoon, three people come to claim his possessions...which include a single purple glove, a carte de visite from Baron Haussmann, and a pet lobster. Who is the rightful heir for these strange items? My "walk insolite" is a creative exploration--a fictional invention that takes you into a story I've written especially for a particular neighbourhood. The mysterious arcades of Paris allow us to make our way from the Grands-Boulevards, following the story from the Hotel in the Passage Jouffroy (today known as the Hotel Chopin) down to the Palais-Royal." It starts at 2pm and costs €9, taking place rain or shine and finishing at a café. Email pasoldla@gmail.com to reserve & get the exact starting point for the walk.

May 31 -June 1
The music festival We Love Green is back at the Parc de Bagatelle, 75016 Paris after 2 years, with Foals and London Grammar heading the line-up! Musical acts are accompanied by a children's space, festivities and organic restaurants for the tired concert-goer. Enjoy previews of the songs by following We Love Green onFacebook and reserve tickets online before they are snatched up. Tickets for May 31 are sold out, but 2 day passes and tickets for June 1 are still available as of April 3.  

June 1
From 8:15 to 11 PM, enjoy the Once Upon a Table dinner at 59, Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris. For only €130, you have the chance to eat a five course French meal, drink local wine and immerse yourself in Paris' stellar food culture. Register on the website. 

June 22
This summer, Pixar in Concert comes to Paris! The Sinfonia Pop Orchestra will be playing musical themes from 13 movies, from Toy Story to Ratatouille, for only one day at the Palais des Congres, Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris. Tickets are available online, but will no doubt sell out very quickly - so buy now to watch excerpts from your favourite Pixar films accompanied by a live musical performance. 

Flea Markets & Shopping

May 1
Shop for vintage clothing, funiture, decor, music, accessories, lingerie, posters, and glasses at the Vide-Grenier Retro Vintage (retro attic-cleaning sale) from 10am-pm at Next Step (11 cours Debille, 11th, M° Voltaire), entry €2. There will also be retro hair dressers, live music and goodies to eat. 

May 18
Fair Pride is a new festival in Paris celebrating the Fair Trade community of businesses that promote ethical capitalism and solidarity. There will be 60 stands selling their goods at the Place Baudoyer (in front of the Mairie du 4ème, just off the rue de Rivoli and Rue des Barres, 4th) from 10am-10pm. At noon there will be a Slow Food meal made up of local ingredients, ethical fashion shows, a Disco Soup, and other fun events around the day. Free entry. 

May 22-25
The Eglise St-Nicolas-des-Champs at Arts-et-Métiers (3rd) is hosting their spring Braderie (rummage sale) with clothing,  books, bric-à-brac,  books, DVDs,  shoes and a small international "bar". Open Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 11am-6pm, Sat 11am-noon and 1-6pm, and Sunday 12:15pm-2pm. No entry fee. 

Outdoor Fun

May 25 
Relive a day in the 17th-century King's Court at the 10th annual Journée Grand Siècle at Château Vaux le Vicomte, with elegant costume contest, show fencing, horse show, Baroque dance, and a luncheon in Le Nôtre's French formal gardens. Period costumes can be rented on-site, reserve online in advance, entry €11.50-€17.50. 

Through June 9
From noon to midnight every day is theFoire du Trone, an open air fair with rides, food and perfect for a family outing. Watch the teaser video and head on over to the Pelouse de Reuilly, 92 boulevard Poniatowski, 75012 Paris. Keep in mind the firework show on May 1 and the grand carnival on May 11. 

May 3 - September 7
The Fête de Montmartre in the Renoir Gardens of the Musée Montmartre is new open-air festival from 2-7pm featuring period actors from the Belle Epoch performing short scenes, live music, Cancan dancers, fortune tellers, musicians, etc. It takes place every first weekend of the month from May 3 through September 7; tickets €12, best purchased online in advance. 

 

 

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Paris Events Calendar - April 2014

Exhibits & Sightseeing

April 4 to 6
Celebrate a weekend of les Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art, similar to the Journées du Patrimoine in the fall. More than 4000 participating ateliers around the city will reveal their secrets, allowing you to talk with various professionals around the city and delve into their minds and their art. 

April 19-21 
The city of Fontainebleau is hosting a series of events commemorating the bicentennial of Les Adieux de Napoléon Bonaparte, with reenactments, 350 soldiers in period uniforms, food market, kids activities, and a parade. Check the website for the full schedule of events. 

April 25-27
The historic Carreau du Temple (4, rue Eugène Spuller, 3rd), a beautiful 19th-century glass and steel covered market, has been rehabilitated after serveral years of renovations to turn it into a community space hosting art, fashion, sports, circus, theatre, dance and music events. It's now offically open to the public, with a three-day festival to showcase the space, including a concert by Selif Keita. Tickets available online, best to purchase in advance! 

Through May 18
Kicking off this year's exhibits at the Musée du Quai Branly is Black Atlantic, an exhibition of the book Negro Anthology by Nancy Cunard, published in 1934. "Lavishly illustrated, this 858-page book, resembling a major documentary enquiry, blends popular culture, sociology, politics, history, art history in the form of articles, archives, photographs, extracts from the press, musical scores, eye-witness accounts etc." Buy tickets online for this exhibit at 37 quai Branly, 75007 Paris. 

Through June 15
Comic book fans, take heed! New exhibit Superheroes: the Art of Alex Ross at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture brings to us the work of a groundbreaking comic book artist, who has worked on the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Wednesday to Sunday, 11 AM-6 PM at 34 avenue du New York, Paris 75116. 

Through June 15
For those looking for events commemorating WWI (1914-1918), the Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris (Municipal Libraries Gallery, 22 rue Malher, 4th) is hosting a fascinating exhibit, Paris 14/18, la Guerre au Quotidien. It includes over 200 photos and films, never shown in public before, documenting the life of Parisians during the war years, and how the city and the country were forever changed. Watch the trailer for the exhibit here (en français). The expo is free, open Tues-Sun 1-7pm (Thursdays until 9pm). 

Through November 3, 2014
The Grand Galerie d'Evolution at the Jardin des Plantes (Natural History Museum) is hosting a fabulous new exhibition, Nuit, an exploration of the night in all its aspects from scientific to imaginary, presented in four sections: the night sky, noctural life in the natural world, a night of sleep, and myths and monsters of the night. Open daily except Tuesday from 10am-6pm (nope, not open at night). Entry €9, €7 for kids and students 4-24 years.

 

 

 

Food & Entertainment   

Through April 6
The 26th Festival Chorus goes on for 10 days at the Village de La Defense, hosting over 120 artists spanning electro, rap, hip-hop, pop, indie-rock and much more. Passes are available online, and you can follow the Facebook page for more information.

April 3 - 6
Take a dance class or attend 1920s and 30s themed parties over four days at the 8th Paris Jazz Roots Dance Festival after watching this video. Tickets are as inexpensive as €10 for one party, and you can sign up online. Don't forget to follow the Facebook page to remain updated on the festival, taking place at La Bellevilloise, 19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris. 

April 4 -5
A unique opportunity to witness Bach's Messe en si mineur is being presented by the Paris Choral Society on two days only. Tickets are only €20, €10 for students, and can be bought online for slightly more. The Choral Society's first foray into the wonderful world of Bach, this event will take place at the Cathédrale Américaine at 23 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris. 

 

April 4-6
Buying fresh farm produce comes easy at Pari Fermier, with everything from vegetables to whiskey originating in all the regions of France on sale for 3 days. Free invitations are available, along with a list of producers and directions to the Parc Floral de Paris at Metro station Château de Vincennes. Follow the Facebook page for more updates.  

April 5
Interested in a free event as part of the Carnaval 'Poilu'? Join a choreographed parade starting at 10 AM this Saturday at Angle Louis Blanc – Aqueduc. Their website appears not to be working, but more information can be found here

April 5
Put on your favourite superhero costume, real or imagined, and join the release party for H-man, the superhero of France and Europe! Participate in Kararocké (Karaoke, but only to rock music) as you watch episodes of the new series, and you may also win a prize for the craziest costume. At the Bus Palladium, 6 rue Fontaine, 75009 Paris starting at 8:30 PM.   

April 6
From 8:15 to 11 PM, enjoy the Once Upon a Table dinner at 59, Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris. For only €130, you have the chance to eat a five course French meal, drink local wine and immerse yourself in Paris' stellar food culture. Register on the website.

April 6
Playing Bach as part of the Concert Tot, Concert Tea series are students from the Conservatoire Royal de Paris in Le Violoncelle ne manque pas de sel. Starting at 11 AM and lasting only an hour, this classical music concert is at the Théâtre du Chatelet for €5 only. 1 Place du Chatelet, 75001 Paris.

April 8
Meet author Patricia Wells as she releases the new edition of The Food Lover's Guide to Paris this week at WHSmith, Paris' largest English-language bookshop. This is the 5th edition of her book, which has been newly researched, updated and transformed in terms of design! Book signing is from 6-7 PM, after which the author will present the book from 7-8 PM. At 248 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.  

April 17-26
A comedic and "disrespectful" take on the classic movie Casablanca titled Casablanca: The Gin joint cut takes the stage at Théâtre Déjazet, 41 boulevard du Temple, 75003 Paris for 11 shows next month. With a small cast of only three, this is the play's first appearance in France. Buy tickets online.

May 4
From 8:15 to 11 PM, enjoy the Once Upon a Table dinner at 59, Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris. For only €130, you have the chance to eat a five course French meal, drink local wine and immerse yourself in Paris' stellar food culture. Register on the website.

May 31 -June 1
The music festival We Love Green is back at the Parc de Bagatelle, 75016 Paris after 2 years, with Foals and London Grammar heading the line-up! Musical acts are accompanied by a children's space, festivities and organic restaurants for the tired concert-goer. Enjoy previews of the songs by following We Love Green on Facebook and reserve tickets online before they are snatched up. Tickets for May 31 are sold out, but 2 day passes and tickets for June 1 are still available as of April 3.  

June 1
From 8:15 to 11 PM, enjoy the Once Upon a Table dinner at 59, Rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005 Paris. For only €130, you have the chance to eat a five course French meal, drink local wine and immerse yourself in Paris' stellar food culture. Register on the website. 

June 22
This summer, Pixar in Concert comes to Paris! The Sinfonia Pop Orchestra will be playing musical themes from 13 movies, from Toy Story to Ratatouille, for only one day at the Palais des Congres, Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris. Tickets are available online, but will no doubt sell out very quickly - so buy now to watch excerpts from your favourite Pixar films accompanied by a live musical performance. 

Make a Difference

April 5 and 6
Le Rire Medicin is organising a fundraiser for hospitalized children, selling clothes, toys and other items mostly for children up to 12 years old, but also for women. From 10 AM to 8 PM on both days, this event takes place at 64/70 rue de Crimée, 75019 Paris. 

April 8
Have an old bike you want to get rid of, or a bike that needs slight repairs? Bring it to the Mairie du 13eme for Recyclo between 3 and 6 PM to give away and receive parts from people in the same situation. At the Parvis du Mairie du 13eme, 1 Place d'Italie, 75013 Paris. 

 

Outdoor Fun


April 5

Grab a pillow and come out to Place de la Republique for International Pillow Fight Day - exactly what it sounds like. From 3 to 3:45 PM, dress up as a superhero or villain (this year's theme) and relieve yourself of all frustration, like the people in this video. Facebook page and rules here!

April 12-May 11
For a family day out with a bit of Brazilian flair, head to the Jardin d'Acclimatation (Bois de Boulogne, 16th) for the Sensacionale Brasil Festival. There will be parades, music, dance, expos, beach volleyball; and workshops all in a lush garden park redecorated with a Brazilian theme (with a short pause for the traditional Easter Egg Hunt on April 20th, 10am-noon).  

April 19-21
Celebrate Easter at Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, with over 85,000 chocolate eggs hidden in the beautiful gardens. There will also be face painting, pony rides, arts and crafts workshops and cooking demos. Reservations required, prices and practical info on the website.

April 19-21
The website ExpointheCity.com has hidden 400 "Golden Tickets" for entry to the latest museum exhibitions in seven Parisian gardens, attached to balloons. Just check out the list of gardens with dates and times the "hunt" begins at the official website (in French, but pretty easy to figure out). And as the weather this weekend isn't supposed to be so great, there may be less competition, lol!

May 25 
Relive a day in the 17th-century King's Court at the 10th annual Journée Grand Siècle at Château Vaux le Vicomte, with elegant costume contest, show fencing, horse show, Baroque dance, and a luncheon in Le Nôtre's French formal gardens. Period costumes can be rented on-site, reserve online in advance, entry €11.50-€17.50. 

Through June 9
From noon to midnight every day is the Foire du Trone, an open air fair with rides, food and perfect for a family outing. Watch the teaser video and head on over to the Pelouse de Reuilly, 92 boulevard Poniatowski, 75012 Paris. Keep in mind the firework show on May 1 and the grand carnival on May 11. 

Events for Locals

April 19
Is your computer still running the now unsupported Windows XP? Upgrade to Gnu/Linux for free at the Install Party, 10am-4pm at L'@nnexe (8 Place Henri Frenay, 12th) part of the weekly events for the Free/Libre (opensource) software users, "Vous êtes libre ce soir?" Bring your computer with all of the data backed up on a separate drive and they will walk you through the migration. 

 

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