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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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Saturday
Dec222007

Pin-Up Bar

Le Pin-Up
13 rue de Tiquetonne, 2nd
M° Etienne-Marcel
Tel 01 42 33 04 86

www.myspace.com/lepinup

Another hip new bar for cool cats has opened in the Montorgueil district. A few streets down from the Experimental Cocktail Club, this bar has a refreshingly bright interior thanks to the whitewashed walls and high ceilings. On the ground floor you'll find the bar with its globe lamps and funky 50s (40s?) retro wallpaper. A mezzanine has round plastic chairs and windows overlooking the street. Through the beaded curtain is a mosaic tiled bathroom...

Downstairs is another whitewashed space under the vaulted stone ceilings, with another bar, a DJ, and a space used for dancing and screening films. Cocktails are served in fish-bowl-sized wine glasses. I had the Cranberry Bubble (Champagne-vodka-cranberry). There are three owners, and the night I was there it was the gallant Cyrille and his fabulously-coiffed co-owner Elise reigning over an entourage of pretty young things. Champagne by the glass €6. Great place for an apertif! 

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