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Looking to get a handle on the Paris gay scene? Here's a amusing look at the Paris' geography from Pederama.

Get set - primp! pose!


It's that time again, Fashion Week comes round pretty quick so it's time to get vapid again. Although dissed by Tom Ford recently ("Quite honestly in terms of French culture, if you think about what the French are producing in terms of fashion or architects or painters or musicians, they are quite far behind the British” said Ford). Snigger. I think we can manage to put up with it, especially with a trip to Frieze for a reviving burst of Laandan culcha in the offing for the following week, we will bravely soldier on.

If you can't take the air-head crowd, you can always join in by checking out this list of specialist fashion and photography bookstores around the city compiled by Sarina Lewis on Gridskipper; "Without doubt the premiere specialist fashion bookstore in Paris, the Librairie de la Mode is to style addicts what Marc Jacobs' ice-skating boots will be to this season's die-hard fashionistas. Expect to find international… design and directional fashion magazines, specialist journals, trend forecasting books, as well as digests on new season color combinations. Trained staff can help you choose what you need from the 1000 titles in stock. Located in the heart of the Etienne Marcel fashion district, it's a favored haunt of magazine editors, fashion photographers, and industry insiders........

Underground ‘terrorists’ mission to save city’s neglected heritage


I V Y paris readers will no doubt be interested in a great article in the Times Online about "les UX"........

"a clandestine network that is on a mission to discover and exploit the city’s neglected underworld. The urban explorers put on film shows in underground galleries, restore medieval crypts and break into monuments after dark to organise plays and readings. In the eyes of their supporters, they are the white knights of modern culture, renovating forgotten buildings and staging artistic events beyond the reach of a stifling civil service."

Only in France......

October & November Events with Thirza Vallois


After her US tour, Thirza Vallois is back in town and hosting a number of events to introduce her latest book "Aveyron, A Bridge to French Arcadia".

Thirza will be speaking and signing copies of her new at the following events:

* Salon du Livre at the Marché Aveyronnais, October 6/7 all day: A unique opportunity to meet the people of the Aveyron and get a taste of their region. Thirza Vallois be signing copies of her new book. Rue d'Aubrac and neighbouring streets, next to Parc de Bercy. Métro: Cour Saint-Emilion

* Expatica, Sunday, October 14
* W.H.Smith, Monday, October 15, 7:30 pm
* Shakespeare & Co, Monday, October 22, 7:00 pm
* American Library, Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 pm

Two Residency Deadlines

Fellowships at Camargo Foundation
Where: Cassis, France
What: one semester residency/fellowship
Deadline: January 12, 2008

The Camargo Foundation welcomes applications from composers, writers, and visual artists pursuing specific projects and from scholars pursuing studies in the humanities and social sciences relating to French and francophone cultures. The interdisciplinary residency program is intended to give fellows the time and space they need to realise their projects. The Foundation’s hillside campus overlooks the Mediterranean Sea in Cassis, France; it includes thirteen furnished apartments, a reference library, and three art/music studios.

Residency at Frans Masereel Centrum
Where: Belgium
Deadline: November 1st
New deadline applications at the FMC for selection: 1 November 2007.

The Flemish centre for the graphic arts 'Frans Masereel' is a dynamic, varied and forward-looking international centre for the contemporary visual arts and focuses on the printed image. The aim of the Frans Masereel Centre is to bring artists into contact with every aspect of the printed image by means of residences, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions.

Smart City and Festival Emergences

The annual Festival Emergences will take place this year the 26th thru 29th of September. An international festival dedicated to electronic cultures and emerging artistic forms, Emergences brings together French players in the digital creation scene - cultural centres, artistic collectives, universities, research laboratories, multimedia and video production companies.

A resolutely multi-disciplinary event, Emergences highlights an unconfined and hybrid culture, in movement, at the crossroads of the performing arts, visual arts, multimedia, design, architecture and electronic music.

More on: Smart City and Festival Emergences

Photographers Exhibition Chez Grace

Grace Teshima invites you to the 'Three Photographers' exhibition, featuring Roland Brénin, Dimitri Fagbohoun and James Kigin.
Kigin's works include photos from the 60th anniversary of Paris' liberation (see one above).
Vernissage and Cocktails take place Sunday, September 30th, from 6pm to 9pm.
Entry fee €15

Chez Grace
46, rue des Abbesses
Metro: Abbesses or Blanche.
RSVP for door code or call Grace at 06 16 13 03 35

Fine Arts Workshop

The aim Nina Stefanoff's classes is to encourage your creativity and discover your own way of seeing. The artist proposes a specific program adapted to each student’s level and interest. This has proved a great opportunity for artists coming to Paris for a few weeks or months who need a place to paint and even instruction or input.

More on: Fine Arts Workshop

Szpilman Award

Hurry up!
The SZPILMAN AWARD is awarded to works that exist only for a moment or a short period of time.
The purpose of the award is to promote such works whose forms consist of ephemeral situations.
Both individuals and groups of persons are free to apply.
Applications must be sent by September 30th, 2007.

Kiwi Corner

Kiwi Corner introduces a new creative approach to cuisine now found in New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific, and this has been combined with a Polynesian interior decoration, excellent selection of New Zealand/Australian wines, beers and produce, and the typical downunder warmth and hospitality.
Dishes include a Filet de Kangourou for the more daring (a Kangaroo filet with a smoked BBQ sauce & a roast garlic mash) and for dessert, the Pavlova (featured left) is divine.
Kiwi Corner
25, rue Servandoni
75006 Paris
Tél : 01 46 33 12 06

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