Entries by Heather Stimmler-Hall (54)


Paris Events Calendar - April 2016

March 31-April 9
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Nuba, on the rooftop of Les Docks en Seine! Their Casa Sunsets Festival is a program of nightly entertainment, from 5pm-6am (and Sunday brunch), featuring live music and DJs. Free entry (dress nicely and get there early). And hope it doesn't rain (again). 

April 1-3
The Journées Européennes des Métiers d'Art is a European-wide festival of artisans who open their doors to the public. The website is all in French, but a little auto-translate help is all you need to find the artists, jewelry makers, designers, furniture makers, ironsmiths, and more. 

April 2
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Schumann piano trios exquisitely performed by the Trio Karénine -- violinist Fanny Robilliard, cellist Louis Rodde, and pianist Paloma Kouider -- at the Institut Finlandais (behind the Cluny Medieval Museum, Latin Quarter). Sit closely to the performing artists; afterwards, enjoy an excellent cocktail reception with wine and mingle with musicians and fellow culture lovers. Presentation of the evening is in English and French. From 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). Register on the website; places limited.  

April 2-3
Veggie World Paris is an event celebrating the vegan lifestyle, held for two days at the CentQuatre, a trade show of organic, ethical, and vegan foods. Advance tickets are €8. 

April 2-3
The largest gardening festival in Versailles takes place this weekend at the annual Eprit Jardin: L'Art de la Promenade, with free entrance exceptionally to the Potager du Roi.  Free entry, the festival takes place from 10am-7pm on the parvis Saint-Louis and rue Maréchal Joffre, rue d'Anjou and at the potager. 

April 3
Cheap books for a good cause! The Spring Used Book Sale benefitting the SOS English-Language Listening Line takes place today from noon-4pm at the Orrick Law Offices (31, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 16th). Paperbacks are €1, hard covers €2. They have books in every category, with a ton of general fiction, young adult, and children's books. There is also a bake sale with homemade sweets and savory goodies. 

April 5
The American Church in Paris is hosting an Evening of Oriental Jazz: A Dedication to Syrian Refugees, "incredible live performance from the internationally renowned Naïssam Jalal & Rhythms of Resistance. This cosmopolitan ensemble was founded in 2011 by Franco-Syrian flutist and composer Naïssam Jalal and combines jazz, classical, European and Oriental musical influences." An authetic Syrian reception will be held after the performance. Starts at 7pm, tickets €10 (€5 for students). All proceeds go towards AUP's student-run club Baytna à Vous who have been fundraising to help Syrian refugees alongside the international associations CODYSSY and Souria Houria. 

April 5-12
The 33rd Festival International du Film d'Environnement presents about 100 films and documentaries from all over the world dealing with environmental issues, some in competition for awards, all open free to the general public, in 13 cinemas around Paris. 

April 6-30
Looking for a more interesting show than the Moulin Rouge to warm up the Parisian spring? George Bizet's famous opéra Carmen is adapted for the modern world in the first Cuban musical, Carmen La Cubana which takes place in 1950s Havana on the eve of the Revolution. Très sexy! At the Théâtre du Châtelet, in Spanish with French surtitles. Tickets from €12-€87. 

April 8-10
Gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, nut-free or meat-free? The Salon des Allergies Alimentaires et des Produits Sans is a trade show of producers specializing in foods for those allergic to or avoiding certain ingredients. At Paris Porte de Versailles, entry €10. Open 10am-6:30pm.  

April 8-10
The 11th annual European Independent Film Festival is showcasing 77 of the best independent films from 31 countries all across the globe, a cultural experience not to be missed! 

April 12
Think the French and the English can't get along? Comedy brings everyone together! Comedic greats Eddie Izzard from the UK and Gad Emaleh from France are performing together for Franglish Night at L'Olympia. These are both amazing comediens, it's a once in a lifetime show! Tickets from €58. 

April 15
Lost in Frenchlation presents French films with English subtitles on the big screen. This month see the feelgood film Rosalie Blum, tonight at 8pm at Studio 28 (10 rue Tholozé, 18th, M° Abbesses). Tickets €7.50.

April 15
Fiber arts fans won't want to miss the book signing event for Stitching Up Paris: The Insider Guide to Paris's Knitting, Sewing, Notions and Needlecraft Stores at the knitting tearoom, Oisive'thé (10 rue de la Butte aux Cailles, 13th) from 6-9pm. Jioning thz authors Keiry and Barbara will be the podcaster Helen of Curious Handmade with her shawl designs. Everyone welcome, lucky prize draw and light refreshments.  

April 16
Attention vinyl fans, the third annual Disquaire Day (or Record Shop Day) takes place at over 40 record shops in Paris as well as in shops around France, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg. Check out the website for participating shops and events. 

April 19
Ladies! Cocktail lovers! Bookworms! Join me at The Chamber for the ladies-only Erotic Book Club, where a small group of very cool local ladies (English-speaking expats) sip cocktails and enjoy a gourmet cheese platter while discussing the latest erotic book of the month. For Aoril we're continuing the short stories from Best Women's Erotica 2011. Just 7 spots open, we meet from 8pm in a private Parisian residence in the 15th. 

April 22-24
For all fans of street art, the world's greatest urban artists will be showing their works at the first Urban Art Fair - the Foire Street Art à Paris - at the Carreau du Temple, represented by 30 galleries. Entry €12. 

April 29 -May 8
The third annual Paris Beer Week celebrates local craft beers from the Ile de France region (Paris and the surrounding areas). Events, tastings, tours and more, with the grand finale on Saturday the 7th at La Bellevilloise with 45 breweries in attendance. For the full program see the website or facebook page. 

April 29 - May 8
The annual Foire de Paris (Paris Fair) is one of the bigegst events of the year, occupying the entire Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (15th arr.) with hall after hall of food and wine, home and garden, fashion & accessories, travel and world cultures, arts and crafts, the famous Inventions Contest, and a "Makers Fair". It's chaos, it's fascinating, and there's always something interesting to learn (or buy, or eat). Just don't go on the weekend unless you like being trampled! 

Through September 18
Fan of Ice Age, Horton, Robots and other animated films of Blue Sky Studios? Don't miss the exhibition of their work in 800 drawings, paintings, and sculptures at the Musée Art Ludique, Docks en Seine, 34 quai d'Austerlitz, Paris 13th. Tckets €11-€16.50.

Through September 30
The Mémorial de la Shoah is hosting a free exhibition on Women in the Resistance. A fascinating look at the role of women -- including many Jewish women -- who resisted the Nazis during the occupation. It features the recent publication of historic graphic novels on the subject published by Editions Casterman. Although the Holocaust Memorial's permanent collection is in English and French (and worth a visit itself if you are curious about the history of the Jewish people in France both before, during and after WWII), but the exhibiti is in French with audio-guides in English. Free entry. 

Planning Ahead

May 23-27
Join Heather and fellow travel journalists for our 5-day Travel Writing Workshop here in Paris. Open to residents or visitors, experienced travel writers or anyone interested in starting a travel blog or learning how to make a living from travel writing. There are a few spots left for the May workshop, and other dates available in August and October. Sign up now for the early bird discount! 

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Paris Events Calendar - March 2016

NOTE: Daylight Savings in the US/CAN is March 13th. In France/Europe it's March 27th. 

Parc André Citorën, Paris 15th

Calendar updated throughout the month, check back for updates!

Feb 25 - March 15
See Charlie Chaplin's original silent films as "Charlot" from 1914-1916, including the Keystone Comedies and The Tramp (Le Vagabonde), on the big screen at the Fondation Jerôme Sydoux (near Jardin des Plantes) with live piano accompaniement from Paris Conservatoire students. Tckets are €6.50. The full schedule is here (French only). 

Feb 27 - March 6
The 53rd annual Salon International de l'Agriculture is one of the most popular events of the season in Paris. It takes place at the immense Paris Expo Porte de Versailles (Paris 15th) with four main sectors: livestock (come pet the cows and baby sheep!), culinary products (free samples of cheese, ham, wine, and more until you burst!), crops and plants (for those of us who need a little more green in our urban lives), and ag industry and professionals (meet the farmers!). Open daily 9am-7pm, weekends will be most crowded, tickets €13 adults/€6 for kids. Get them online to avoid extra lines. 

March 4-6
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. 

March 5-6
The American Library of Paris is having their last big book sale before the Spring renovations, this weekend from 10am-7pm (regular library hours). Sales of used books helps the library purchase new books needed for the permanent collection, come and add to your own collection of mystery novels, children’s books or gardening how-to's at bargain prices! 

March 5
For a fun and inclusive alternative to the invitation-only Paris Fashion Week, don't miss the SINGA Fashion Show at l'Archipel, a charitable community center in a former 19th-century convent. Anyone can participate or just watch, with hair and makeup by beauty school students. There is also a weekly book and clothing swap at their Troc Shop taking place at the same time. Lots to do, read more here.  

March 8-September 30
The Mémorial de la Shoah is hosting a free exhibition on Women in the Resistance. A fascinating look at the role of women -- including many Jewish women -- who resisted the Nazis during the occupation. It features the recent publication of historic graphic novels on the subject published by Editions Casterman. Although the Holocaust Memorial's permanent collection is in English and French (and worth a visit itself if you are curious about the history of the Jewish people in France both before, during and after WWII), but the exhibiti is in French with audio-guides in English. Free entry. 

March 11-20
The 92nd annual antique and flea market fair on an island northwest of Paris brings together 700 professionals from all over Europe for the Foire de Chatou 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. At the Ile des Impressionistes (RER station Rueil-Malmaison).

March 11-14
Vivre Autrement is the ethical and organic trade show taking place at the Parc Floral in the Bois de Vincennes. Stands cover food, wine, home, beauty, and travel. You can download free entry passes on the website. If going by metro, there's a free shuttle bus going from Château de Vincennes to the Parc Floral. 

March 12
The City of Paris' municipal greenhouses have regular sales of potted plants and seedlings at rock-bottom prices. Warning, people line up well in advance, so up to you to decide if you're time is worth less than a full-priced plant. There will be 1400 plants available. The morning will be at the Square de Serment de Koufra in the 14th and in the afternoon in the Square St-Lambert in the 15th. 

March 12-13
Hotel Bohême isn't a hotel, but a salon des créateurs sale featuring 40 artisan creations: home decor, clothing, accessories, jewelry, children's toys, etc. There is also a gourmet lunch corner. Free entry. At 71 rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 11th. Saturday noon-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm.

March 12-13
The 18th annual Salon Vintage is one of the biggest vintage fairs in Paris, this year at the Carreau du Temple with the theme "Space Age: Vision of the future by designers of the 60s and 70s". €6 entry fee, you can pre-purchase online to avoid lines, 150 stands of clothing, records, accessories, decor, art exhibits, DJ entertainment.  

March 15-30
Looking for a sexy show? Forget the Moulin Rouge. The striptease star Dita von Teese will be performing at the Crazy Horse Cabaret in Paris this month, book soon because the shows will likely sell out!  

March 16-24
After A Little Night Music and Sweeney Todd, Châtelet Théâtre is now presenting one of Stephen Sondheim's lesser-known works, Passion, directed by French actress Fanny Ardant (in English with French sur-titles). See the video interview with Ryan Silverman who plays Giorgio here. Tickets from €16. 

March 20
The Fondation des Etats-Unis at the Cité Universitaire (14th) and the resident musicians are happy to welcome the Passe Partout duo, who will perform during the second part of the Rendez-Vous Musical from 5pm tonight, free entrance.

March 22
Sex & Booze: An Erotic Book Club at The Chamber, where we'll be reading Best Women's Erotica 2011, drinking cocktails, and talking about...well, sex. Limited to 8 women only, 8-10pm in a private home; sign up while there's space!

March 23 
Tickets for the French Open at Roland Garros go on sale today (premium packages available since Feb 17th). Book ASAP to get yours, they always go fast! 

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