Monday
May062013

Paris Events Calendar - May 2013

May 8th
Today is both Ascension (Catholic holiday) and V-Day (war memorial), so a few places will be closed (smaller shops, bistros and municipal museums), but generally national museums and bigger shops and restaurants will be open as usual. 

May 10-12
Every year, the Jardin du Lexembourg hosts a ceremony Les Echos de la Memoire, commemorating the abolition to slavery in France's colonies, and wooden barrels with signs detailing the history of the movement are spread throughout the gardens along the Boulevard St-Michel entrance. 

Through May 12
The 109th annual Foire de Paris presents food, wine, home decor, beauty, woulrl cultures, live concerts, food and more food! Entry €12 (€18 for a two-day pass), kids under 6 free, at the Porte de Versailles Paris Expo Halls 1 through 7. Don't miss the Concours Lépine (the latest award-winning inventions). Open daily 10am-7pm, Friday the 10th until 11pm. 

Through May 12
The Dimanches du Galop, every Sunday at the Longchamp and Auteuil Hippodromes (in the Bois de Boulogne, 16th), feature more than just horse races (flatracing at Longchamp, jumping at Auteuil), they also have themed equestrian shows at Longchamp (such as Three Musketeers), activities and poney rides for kids, and dressage demos. And it's FREE! Just pack your picnic (check the weather), and head on over for a day "at the races". No fancy hats required. ;-)

May 18
The Night of Museums: for one night only, many of Paris's most famous museums will be open and free to the public! To see the list of participating museums, look here: http://www.nuitdesmusees.culture.fr/villes/paris/UGFyaXM,/.

May 17 - 19
The Weather Festival is an electronic music festival, with parties and concerts happening all around Paris and the hipper suburbs. The line-up will feature DJs from around the world, including Marcel Dettmann and Kerri Chandler, and it promises to draw crowds of all styles -- from house to hip hop to underground. This festival is going to be three days without sleep! Ticket prices vary depending on the venue.

May 18, 19 & 20
Le Printemps des Rues is a springtime arts festival in the streets of Paris. Theatre and music performances, comedians, magicians, dance workshops, and discussions of gender and femininity are just a few of the items on the program. The concept is to re-appropriate the public space, by and for the public, using a creative mixture of disciplines and technologies. The festival will take place at various spaces in the 10th arrondissement, and many of the performances are free.

May 19th
Today is Pentecost (Catholic holiday), with Monday the 20th being a Bank Holiday (most shops and museums will still be open).  

May 21
The Pompidou Center is hosting the finals of the 8th national beer brewing contest. For months, students of beer brewing all over France having been testing their knowledge of the craft, and the finalists in the competition will be judged by a jury of celebrities and experts. The public is invited to sample beers, and to discover this world of high taste.

May 21-June 9
The annual French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland-Garros takes place for three weeks. Get your Roland-Garros tickets online here. The main website also has info on the iPhone app, commemorative items in thegift shop, and the full schedule.

May 22-25
Designer shopping for a good cause! It's the annual Braderie Solidaire: Les Créateurs Ont du Coeur, featuring over 200 designer clothing, beauty and accessories brands selling their overstock with all of the profits going to ARCAT, a non-profit group that helps bring medical treatments to the poor (started by the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation). At the Bastille Design Center (74, boulevard Richard Lenoir, 11th), open 11am-8pm (Saturday until 6pm), entry €2.

May 23
Enjoy a free Balade Urbaine (in French only) through the coop gardens and neighborhood green spaces of the 19th arrondissement as part of the Fête de la Nature 2013 (May 22-26). To register, email Manon Loubet: manonloubet@ateliersdelanature.org, or call 07 86 14 91 23. 

May 24-27
The 24th annual Portes Ouvertes des Atéliers d'Artistes de Belleville presents over 127 studios with 250 artists (sketch artists, painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, etc) open to the public throughout Belleville from 2-9pm. Pick up a map in the main galleru welcome centers:
- Galerie des AAB, 1 rue Francis Picabia, 20th (M° Couronnes)
- Espace Jourdain, 3 rue Jean-Baptiste Dumay, 19th (M° Jourdain)
- CFDT Bolivar, 47 avenue Simon Bolivar, 19th (M° Buttes Chaumont)

 

May 25
The Jardin du Ruisseau (entrance at the Pont at 110 Rue du Ruisseau, 18th, M° Jules Joffrin) is open today to the public for the Fête de la Nature 2013 , with visits of the neighborhood coop garden, stands selling locally-grown organic produce and home made cookies, a plant and seed exchange, a bee-keeping demonstration, a special recyclng center for making crafts, origami workshops, nature art exhibits and live music. Free entry. Open from 2pm-7pm.

May 25
Want to try organic, healthy, raw chocolate, made in Paris? Rrraw creator Féderic Marr will be at Retour à la Terre (like a mini-Whole Foods, 12 rue de Malebranche, 5th) from 2-7pm today offering tastings of his raw chocolate bars and new raw chocolate truffles.  

May 25
A special occasion to visit the luxurious château of Madame du Barry, Louis XV's favorite mistress. Usually private, this castle will be open to tourists and history lovers for just one day. Both Mme Barry and the king died under the guillotine, but this impressive château remains a testament to the grandeur of their lifestyles. The gardens and the music pavillion are especially lovely. Reservation obligatory.

May 25-26
Catch the latest skateboard and BMX champs in competition this weekend at the Espace de Glisse Parisien 18 (54 Boulevard Ney, 18th, M° Porte de la Chapelle) for the Trophées Parisiens de la Glisse. Free entry, €2 if you want to compete; there is also street artists, dancers, streetwear stands and other "urban culture".  

May 25-26
One of the city's legendary artist squats, legal for over twenty years now, Les Frigos Portes Ouvertes are this weekend, check out the painters, photographers, sculptors and other artists in this amazing setting of the 1920s meat-packing cold house in the 13th.  

May 26
It's "vide grenier" season when Parisians clean out their attics and sell the bric-a-brac in neighborhood rummage sales. Today there are sales at Rue Mouffetard (5th), at the Bibliothèque Mitterrand (13th), at l'Oberservatoire de Paris (6th) and just outside Père Lachaise metro station (20th). Find more at this website.

Through May 26
Catch one of the world's most fascinating horse shows mixing dressage with theatrical artistry and live dance in the former royal stables of the Château de Versailles, the Académie du Spectacle Equestre de Versailles by Bartabas. The 80-minute show is called La Voie de l'Ecuyer., tickets are €25 (there's a special two-for-one deal on FNAC.com while supplies last). You can also watch the 45-minute rehearsals, Les Matinales, for €12, usually at 11am on weekends. For tickets go to FNAC.com.

May 27-28
Learn about, taste, and buy Loire Valley wines at the first annual Salon des Vins de Loire à Paris, with 35 winemakers presenting 200 different wines. On the Batofar peniche (quai François Mauriac, foot of the Bibliothèque Mitterrand (M° Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque), 5-8pm, €10 entry. There are also two chef's dinners and four different wine-tasting ateliers, check out the website for more info.   

May 30 - June 9
You don't need tickets to the French Open at Roland Garros to enjoy some of the tennis action. Just drop by "La Terrasse" in front of the Hôtel de Ville to watch the matches live on the big screen (with tables and bean bags set up for spectators). There's also a tennis court featuring the "Longines Future Tennis Aces", international tennins players under 16 years old competing for the prize on June 1st. Free entry, from noon-7pm. 

May 31 and June 1
Noureev & Friends classic dance performance at the Palais de Congrès. This spectacular show will feature dancers and projected images to celebrate the 75th birthday of Rudolf Noureev, one of the 20th century's most famous ballet dancers. Reserve tickets here.

May 31-June2
L'Art du Jardin: Nouvelle Expérience Végétale, takes place this year at the Grand Palais (Ave Winston Churchill entrance), a garden show where you can shop for plants, gardening supplies, garden furniture, and see the latest in landscape design and innovations. Entrance is €18 (or €14 if purchased before May 27th). 

May 31 - June 2
The Festival d'Anatolie is a festival dedicated to the art and culture of Turkey. Set to take place at the Parc des Expositions, this event is geared towards adults and children, artists, professionals and tourists alike. There will be food, dancing, movies, and several exhibits of traditional and contemporary Turkish art.

June 1-2
The 6th annual Ceramics Festival takes place this weekend from 10am-7pm in the Mouffetard district (rue de Bazeilles and rue Censier, 5th), free entry. 

June 1 - September 15
Transport yourself to 1912 at the Titanic shipwreck exhibit. This collection of artifacts from the famous ship has been viewed by over 20 million people worldwide. It promises to spark the imagination and send shivers down the spine. Entry €12.90 to €15.90.

June 1 - September 30
The historic Art Deco restaurant La Coupole (102 blvd du Montparnasse, 14th) is hosting an exposition of eight young Parisian graffiti artistsAlex6packDoneMoon oneHopareEsperStack, and Brok. Open free to the public, open daily 8:30am-midnight. 

 

June 2
Join thousands of cyclists this Sunday for the annual Convergence Francilienne, where cyclists from all over the Ile-de-france region converge on Paris for a symbolic victory lap (on streets closed to traffic) and ending with a big picnic on the Champ de Mars. It's hostes by La Maison du Vélo and different groups lobbying to make the region more cyclist-friendly. Free to join the final parade in Paris, just show up at the meeting place behind the Louvre (outside M° Louvre Rivoli) with your bike at 1:30pm. 

June 7 - 30
The Bartabas Equestrian Show is not to be missed! This grandiose spectacle has been praised as a high point of horsemanship and choreography. Music by the contemporary composer Philip Glass. The public is invited to meet the horses during the day, in front of the Grande Halle at the Parc de la Villette. Tickets on sale between € 22 and € 32.

Through June 9
Explore the origins of goth and fantasy at the latest exposition at the Musée d'Orsay, L'Ange du Bizarre: Dark Romanticism from Goya to Max Ernst.
 "...a vast swathe of artistic creation, which from the 1760s onwards exploited the shadows, excesses and irrational elements that lurked behind the apparent triumph of enlightened Reason. This world was created in the English Gothic novels of the late 18th century, a genre of literature that fascinated the public with its penchant for the mysterious and the macabre. The visual arts quickly followed suit: many painters, engravers and sculptors throughout Europe vied with the writers to create horrifying and grotesque worlds: Goya and Géricault presented us with the senseless atrocities of war and the horrifying shipwrecks of their time, Füssli and Delacroix gave substance to the ghosts, witches and devils of Milton, Shakespeare and Goethe, whereas C.D. Friedrich and Carl Blechen cast the viewer into enigmatic, gloomy landscapes, reflecting his fate." Entrance to the museum + exhibition is €12.Advance tickets online. 

June 8
Paris dog owners and dog lovers, please join us for a Mon Chien, Ma Ville demonstration at the Mairie du 1ère (the town hall of the 1st arrondissement, Place du Louvre, right outside metro Louvre Rivoli) from 2:30pm with your four-legged friends to lobby the City for more dog-friendly parks and green spaces for them to run free, and to promote "responsible" dog ownership as well. Pedro and Lena will be there! 

June 9
Pastry chef and cookbook author (and Paris Pastry Guide author) David Lebovitz will be signing books today at La Cuisine (80 quai de l'Hôtel de Ville, 4th) from 2-4pm.  Glazed ice cream truck will be there, too! (You can RSVP at the Facebook event page, although it’s not required). 

June 9
Looking for a bit of retro vintage shopping? Check out the Fifties Sound "Vide-Grenier Retro Vintage" with 45 stands selling fashions, accessories, home decor, vinyls and burlesque outfits from 1930s-1980s. Today 10am-8pm at Next Step: 11 cour Debille, 11th, M° Voltaire. The live swing concert with The King Baker Combo starts at 5pm. Entry €2. 

June 10
A rare chance to see one of the few surviving Irish films from the silent era presented as part of the Ciné-Concert at the Cinéma Balzac, 8pm.  "Willy Reilly and his Colleen Bawn (1920) is a powerful melodramatic film set in 18th century Ireland, in which Willy Reilly, a Catholic gentleman, and his beloved Colleen Bawn, daughter of a Protestant squire, overcome religious and social barriers for their love." This Live-to-Screen orchestral performance features a new score composed and conducted by Bernard Reilly, and is performed by the 12-piece CinéTheatre Ensemble. Tickets €13, available at the door or online

June 14-16
The 12th annual Salon du Vintage & VivylIsBack takes place for three days at the Garage Turenne (66 rue de Turenne, 3rd), with over 100 stands selling women's vintage clothing and accessories, men's clothing, furniture and vinyl records. Didier Ludot will even have his vintage couture dresses on display. Open 11am-8pm (opens at 3pm on Friday), entry €4. 

June 15 -16
L'Entrée des Artistes: Do you want to get a glimpse of Christian Dior's workspace? How about Desmarets de Kenzo? Now is your chance! For just two days, the LVMH houses will open their doors to the public and reveal the insides of their décor and the secrets of their savoir-faire. Attention: tickets are expensive.

June 16
Le Salon Emmaus is a gathering of "restoration artists" and their wares. Vintage clothes, furniture, decorative objects, antique telephones -- you name it, someone from the Emmaus community has found it and restored it! A great place to find good deals, with all proceeds going to a good cause (Emmaüs helps bring marginalized adults back into the work force).  Adults €3 entry, free for kids under 12.

Through June 17
Looking for a romantic exhibition in a little-known museum? Don't miss Sensuality and Spirituality: In Search of the Absolute at the Musée Henner (43, avenue de Villiers, 17th, M° Malesherbes; entry €5; closed Tuesdays, open until 9pm on first Thursdays of the month).

June 21
The Fête de la Musique is one of those rare annual events when Paris gets to turn itself inside out and blow off some steam. Music lovers, professional and amateur musicians alike, will pour into the streets for one long night of festivities. Be sure to check the schedule of spectacles and events online before heading out, because the streets are going to be full of people celebrating, and if you don't plan ahead, you might never get to the concert you wanted to see. This is a free event.

June 24 - September 28
Le Maxi Monster Music Show is not your typical music spectacle. This show invites you to discover a bizarre cabaret of gypsies, bearded women, strongmen, the macabre, the strange and the mystical. The theatre is located in Montmartre, and tickets start at € 20.

Through June 25th
They're back! I've written before about the fabulous Fills Monkey: Incredible Drum Show. Fills Monkey is made up of two French comedians, Yann Coste and Seb Rambaud, who somehow manage to mix humor with actual musical talent. These guys have come up with a hilarious “dueling drumsticks” show. Just when you think, “Okay, this is interesting, but how can they keep it up for an hour?” it gets better. Oh, I should mention they never once speak any actual words, so it’s perfect for those looking to go see a show in Paris without knowing any French. A word of warning: it’s in a “cave”, a French cellar. They give you ear plugs, but be forewarned it gets hot down there! Shows are scheduled through June, get tickets at FNAC or at the venue itself, Le Sentier des Halles (50 rue d’Aboukir, 2nd).

Through June 26
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passing of Frenchchanteuse Edith Piaf with sexy cabaret singer Caroline Nin's "Hymne à Piaf", a show using English storytelling and songs en français to remember one of the greatest French singers of all time. Shows are every Wednesday at 8pm at the intimate Essaïon Theatre (6 rue Pierre au Lard, in the Marais, 4th). Tickets are €15-€20.

 

 

 

 

Through June 26th
If you're in the mood for a good English comedy show in Paris in an intiate setting, check out The Improfessionals, every other Wednesday night from 9:30pm at the Essaïon Theatre (6 rue Pierre au Lard, in the Marais, 4th). Tickets are €15-€20. 

June 28, 29 & 30
Solidays is one of the best summer music festivals in France. This event unites more than 150 musicians and 160,000 attendees every year in the fight against AIDS, and this summer is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Day passes starting at € 31.

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Friday
Mar082013

Paris Events Calendar - April through June 2013

April 5-26
The 30th annual Banlieu Blues Festival celebrates jazz in all of its formats in the Seine-Saint-Denis suburbs of Paris. Tickets for concerts are €8-€20. There will also be free events, a flash dance mob, a parade, and music workshops with Kriss Cross. See the entire schedule and purchase tickets here

April 6-May 26
Catch one of the world's most fascinating horse shows mixing dressage with theatrical artistry and live dance in the former royal stables of the Château de Versailles, the Académie du Spectacle Equestre de Versailles by Bartabas. The 80-minute show is called La Voie de l'Ecuyer., tickets are €25 (there's a special two-for-one deal on FNAC.com while supplies last). You can also watch the 45-minute rehearsals, Les Matinales, for €12, usually at 11am on weekends. For tickets go to FNAC.com.

 

April 7
Find a huge selection of English-language used books for €1 and €2 at the annual spring SOS Helpline Book Sale, from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre 1er de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). To donate books in good condition, you may drop them off at the venue Saturday, April 6, 12-4pm or Sunday, April 7, 12-4pm. All proceeds go to the SOS Helpline, the English-language listening line in France. NOTE: TODAY IS THE PARIS MARATHON; DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COME BY CAR! 

April 7
The 37th annual Marathon de Paris takes place today, with approximately 40,000 runners going from the Arc de Triomphe, all along the Right Bank through the Marais to the Bois de Vincennes, then back along the Right Bank quais of the Seine River, past the Eiffel Tower, and a finish in the Bois de Boulogne. Roads will be closed and metros full all along the route from about 6am through 4pm. See the route here. 

Through April 7
The very cool Gaïté Lyrique (3 bis Rue Papin, 3rd, M° Arts-et-Métiers) is hosting a new exposition, Arrrrgh! Monsters in Fashion, featuring "58 contemporary creators who, inspired by design, animation and sketches, use monster form and expression in their costume and clothing designs, from Alexander McQueen and Andrea Crews to Craig Green and Walter Van Beirendonck". Tickets available on their site, €7. Open daily except Monday from 2-8pm (until 6pm on Sunday, until 10pm on Tuesdays). There is a very cool boutique next door selling all sorts of geeky gadgetry, not to be missed!

April 7-May 12
The Dimanches du Galop, every Sunday at the Longchamp and Auteuil Hippodromes (in the Bois de Boulogne, 16th), feature more than just horse races (flatracing at Longchamp, jumping at Auteuil), they also have themed equestrian shows at Longchamp (such as Three Musketeers), activities and poney rides for kids, and dressage demos. And it's FREE! Just pack your picnic (check the weather), and head on over for a day "at the races". No fancy hats required. ;-)

April 10-June 26
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the passing of French chanteuse Edith Piaf with sexy cabaret singer Caroline Nin's "Hymne à Piaf", a show using English storytelling and songs en français to remember one of the greatest French singers of all time. Shows are every Wednesday at 8pm at the intimate Essaïon Theatre (6 rue Pierre au Lard, in the Marais, 4th). Tickets are €15-€20. 

 


April 12-13
Looking for a very unique event? Book your tickets and dust off your fangs for the 3rd annual Paris Vampire Ball "Cirque du Vampyre" at the Cabaret Sauvage (Parc de la Villette, 59 boulevard MacDonald, 19th) from 10pm-6am. Tickets for the ball from €25 to €75 (VIP). Strict dress code ("crocs" are fangs, BTW, not shoes). Note: the pre-party for VIP ticket holders is on the 12th (at the Caves St-Sabin), the ball is on the 13th. 

April 18
Laughing Matters presets one of England's greatest stand-up comics, Al Murray, "The Pub Landlord", performing at La Java (105 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 10th) for one night of his "The Only Way is Epic" tour. Tickets are €25, reserve your place via email ASAP to al@anythingmatters.com (with "al tix" as the subject). Your name will be on the pre-booked list and you will get in first, just pay on the night (no credit cards). Doors at 8:30pm.

Through April 20
Everyone knows the best part of the Moulin Rouge show is the French CanCan. The rest is cheesy, touristy, overpriced...but now there's an alternative? If you're in Paris this spring, book a seat to this alternative show, The Spirit of the French CanCan at the historic Le Palace theatre, featuring a dance troupe that combines the best of the Cancan with modern nods to Bollywood, contemporary dance, and even breakdancing. Tickets €30-€45. See the English description here. 

 

April 22
Join the #BostonStrongParis run tonight at 7pm for a casual 5k solidarity run through Paris one week after the horrible events of the Boston Marathon. The meeting spot is at the south end of the Place de la Bastille (by the Arsenal canal) and finishes at Place de la Concorde (although some of us will be finishing at Harry's Bar). Hope to see some of you there!

Through April 23
Fans of the French novelist Honoré de Balzacwon't want to miss a free guided tour (en français)"Traversez les Passages Parisiens avec Balzac". This 90-minute exploration of the historic covered passages of the 19th century that appeared in most of Balzac's writings starts from the Colonnes de Buren at the Palais Royal at 11am. Reserve your spot  by calling 01-55-74-41-80 or by email at dac-reservationbalzac@paris.fr. (Other dates March 10, March 12, and April 23; check out the Maison de Balzac website for more themed walks of Balzac's Paris).

April 26
Come join us tonight to celebration the book launch of Canadian author Keith Spicer's exciting new thriller, Murder by Champagne.  A top champagne-house baron lies bleeding to death in his own caves. Who attacked him? Why? Deadly rivalries, illicit passions, Chinese industrial espionage , medieval superstition – a fascinating suspense thriller set deep inside the secretive champagne industry and its distrustful families. From 7-9pm at the Abbey Bookshop (29 rue de la Parcheminerie, 5th). 

May 1st
Fête du Travail, or International Workers' Day, is one of the few days (along with Christmas Day and New Year's Day) when almost everything closes down in Paris (which is just as well since the Left to the Far-Left leaning parties will be marching through the streets (don't even try driving in the city today). Buy your sprig of Lily of the Valley in solidarity and find a sunny park to lounge for the day. :-)

May 8th
Today is both Ascension (Catholic holiday) and V-Day (war memorial), so a few places will be closed (smaller shops, bistros and municipal museums), but generally national museums and bigger shops and restaurants will be open as usual. 

May 19th
Today is Pentecost (Catholic holiday), with Monday the 20th being a Bank Holiday (most shops and museums will still be open).  

May 21-June 9
The annual French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland-Garros takes place for three weeks. Get your Roland-Garros tickets online here. The main website also has info on the iPhone app, commemorative items in thegift shop, and the full schedule.

Through June 9
Explore the origins of goth and fantasy at the latest exposition at the Musée d'Orsay, L'Ange du Bizarre: Dark Romanticism from Goya to Max Ernst.
 "...a vast swathe of artistic creation, which from the 1760s onwards exploited the shadows, excesses and irrational elements that lurked behind the apparent triumph of enlightened Reason. This world was created in the English Gothic novels of the late 18th century, a genre of literature that fascinated the public with its penchant for the mysterious and the macabre. The visual arts quickly followed suit: many painters, engravers and sculptors throughout Europe vied with the writers to create horrifying and grotesque worlds: Goya and Géricault presented us with the senseless atrocities of war and the horrifying shipwrecks of their time, Füssli and Delacroix gave substance to the ghosts, witches and devils of Milton, Shakespeare and Goethe, whereas C.D. Friedrich and Carl Blechen cast the viewer into enigmatic, gloomy landscapes, reflecting his fate." Entrance to the museum + exhibition is €12.Advance tickets online. 

Through June 17
Looking for a romantic exhibition in a little-known museum? Don't miss Sensuality and Spirituality: In Search of the Absolute at the Musée Henner (43, avenue de Villiers, 17th, M° Malesherbes; entry €5; closed Tuesdays, open until 9pm on first Thursdays of the month).

Through June 25th
They're back! I've written before about the fabulous Fills Monkey: Incredible Drum Show. Fills Monkey is made up of two French comedians, Yann Coste and Seb Rambaud, who somehow manage to mix humor with actual musical talent. These guys have come up with a hilarious “dueling drumsticks” show. Just when you think, “Okay, this is interesting, but how can they keep it up for an hour?” it gets better. Oh, I should mention they never once speak any actual words, so it’s perfect for those looking to go see a show in Paris without knowing any French. A word of warning: it’s in a “cave”, a French cellar. They give you ear plugs, but be forewarned it gets hot down there! Shows are scheduled through June, get tickets at FNAC or at the venue itself, Le Sentier des Halles (50 rue d’Aboukir, 2nd).

Through June 26th
If you're in the mood for a good English comedy show in Paris in an intiate setting, check out The Improfessionals, every other Wednesday night from 9:30pm at the Essaïon Theatre (6 rue Pierre au Lard, in the Marais, 4th). Tickets are €15-€20. 

Other Paris Calendar Links