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CANAL SIDE PICNIC

It was an evening of eating and chatting as the sun went down and wine bottles emptied. Thanks to all of those who came out! And for those who missed it, join us for a discussion with André Schiffrin Thursday, July 23rd, 2009.

20 Expressions Françaises

Le-fabuleux-destin-d-amelie-poulain001AME_Yolande_Moreau_008 1. Etre à la bourre
    To be running late
2. A tour de bras
    Violently
3. Tomber dans le panneau
    To be mislead
4. Pleurer comme une madeleine
    To cry a lot, refers to Mary Magdalene from the Bible
5. Broyer du noir
    To be depressed / melancholic
6. De but en blanc
    Straight to the point
7. Casser le charme
    To free from illusion
8. Garder son sang froid
    Keep cool
9. Annoncer la couleur
    To clearly announce one's intentions
10. Jeter l'éponge
    Abandon
11. Quelle galère
    What a pain
12. Mettre de l'eau dans son vin
    To tone it down
13. Une hirondelle ne fait pas le printemps
    To not draw conclusions over minor details

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Paris Smiles for You Photo Competition

Picture 12 The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau Bureau is holding a photo competition from June 1st 2009 to August 31 2009, in partnership with the VU’ agency.

All you have to do is fill in this form and send your 5 most beautiful photographs of Paris - photographs that have been inspired by the walks through the city suggested in Paris Smiles For You:

- Paris Mythique = Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Tuileries, Louvre
- Paris Monumental = Eiffel Tower, Champs-de-Mars, Invalides, Trocadéro
- Paris Seine = the Seine, the bridges, the quays, the ports
- Paris Tendance = Marais, Montorgueil, Hôtel de Ville, Les Halles
- Paris Populaire = République, Bastille, Oberkampf, Père-Lachaise

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Jonas Mekas at Galerie du Jour agnès b.

Maxim Northover at FAD writing for I V Y paris

Couv A few doors from Maison de la Poésie on rue Quincampoix, a still modest street of galleries in Paris, is the Galerie du Jour agnès b. Often overlooked for her sincere contribution as a curator agnès b. (fashion designer for the modern, European homme et femme) demonstrates a classically Parisian flexibility when it comes to multi-métier activities.

Suitably so, Jonas Mekas exhibits works of poetry, video, sound recordings, stills, installation and artefacts all seamlessly conversing with one another. Mekas still lives the avant-garde, and is still largely impoverished due to his un-wavering commitment. His notes on the gallery walls are a poet’s monologue.

The exhibition includes posters from his underground cinema screenings with Kenneth Anger and John Cassavetes in 1960’s New York. Tacked-up are video-stills of Patti Smith, her unmistakable profile and tousled hair, another figure who hasn’t drifted from her poetic intensity.

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Block Rockin’ Pain o ChoKolat

Will Hutchins writing for I V Y paris

Unless you were so incredibly hung-over on Sunday that you couldn’t leave your apartment all day then you surely would have noticed that it was Fête de la Musique. Dj’s were spinning from the rooftops, buskers were on every street corner and bands and barbecues were joined together in musical matrimony outside bars. Free live music all over the city equals good day, plus great weather equals an even better day!

I decided to celebrate this joyous occasion at perennial Parisian party throwers Pain o ChoKolat’s block party at place Gustav Toudouze, IXeme, in conjunction with the Pigalle clothes boutique. 


The Art Pack - Pain O choKolat /Block Party!/

The dj and artist collective who proclaim themselves to be “a revoulution that brings music, fashion, modern art and street culture naturally together”, had a set up a stage and small beer tent in the little square. As well as PoC djs playing some party-starting (but to be honest, not very well mixed) hip hop whilst a little kid pretended to play the keyboard and a man who dressed like it was literally his job to pull 80’s dance moves robot-ed all over the place, the hipster crowd were getting down and dirty to some live bands.

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Nuit de la Photographie Contemporaine TONIGHT

Rynski-024-LR-4260c For the second year running,  Cyrille Deflandre and Foire Saint-Germain bring us “Nuit de la Photographie Contemporaine”.

Taking place tonight in the intimate setting of Place Saint-Sulpice and will feature work from a wide selection of artists, including photographer Sue Rynski, a cult figure of rock-and-art scene:

“Today her work still relates to rock and roll with recurring themes of music, movement and emotion expressed in the body. Her vision is active, raw and sometimes dream-like, transcribed into powerful and elegant compositions.”

Monday, June 22nd, 2009, from 14h to Midnight. Free entry.

Place Saint-Sulpice
75006, Paris

20 Maisons de Chocolat

Chocolat Jacques Genin 1. Pierre Hermé, 6e
2. Christian Constant, 6e
3. Patrice Chapon, 7e
4.Jean Paul Hévin, 1er
5. La Maison du Chocolat, 8e
6. Marquise de Sévigné, 8e
7. Fouquet, 9e
8. La Petite Chocolaterie, 17e
9. La Chocolaterie Jacques Genin, 3e
10. Malitourne, 16e
11. Sucrecacao, 20e
12. Arnaud Lahrer, 18e
13. A la Mère de Famille, 9e
14. Dalloyau, 8e
15. Michel Chaudun, 7e
16. Gérard Mulot, 6e
17. La Reine Astrid, 6e
18. Lenôtre, 16e
19. Charpentier, 17e
20. Cacao et Chocolat, 4e

Photo features chocolat creations by Jacques Genin, Les Gourmandises de Philippe

Fête de la Musique 2009

Fete-de-la-musique-2009-2 To celebrate the beginning of summer, the Fête de la Musique takes place every 21st of June.
Sounds undulate in the city's streets in company of a certain summertide fragrance.

Bands, DJs and orchestras of all musical likings, whether it be Jazz, Hip-Hop, or Techno Minimal, are dispersed around the city in bars, restaurants, parcs, and plazas.

To attend the event, you can simply walk down your street and 'follow the music,' or you can consult the full program here.

Rock and electro highlights include:

67 rue de la Verrerie, M. Hôtel de Ville
19h00 - 02:00 Rocking in the street
19h : David Law and The Arkitekts (pop rock), 20h : War in the Bed (punk rock), 21h : The Arkitekts (pop rock), 22h : War in the Bed (punk rock), 23h : The Arkitekts (pop rock).

My Electro Kitchen 60 rue Quincampoix, M. Rambuteau, Les Halles
15h00 - 23h00 My Electro Kitchen
15h : Eric Labbé, My Electro Kitchen (minimale house), 16h30 : Rom1, Requiem 45 (minimale electro), 18h : Siskid, Meant Rec (minimale electro), 19h30 : Rag, Barbieturix (minimale electro), 21h : Patrick Vidal (disco electro), Romain Play, My Electro Kitchen (minimale house).

Le Mixer Bar, 23 rue sainte croix de la Bretonnerie, M. Hotel de ville
18h00 - 00h30 - ELEKTROFLAVOUR SPECIAL FETE DE LA MUSIQUE

Vélo Express

Adrian K. Sanders writing for I V Y paris

IMGP7590 The last time I recommended a bike shop, things seemed all good. Vintage Vélo gave me an amazing deal on a truly classic bike, a 1949 Peugeot in fantastic condition.

Apparently, this was more of a fluke than a reflection of their good service.
At least three different people I've heard from have had unpleasant experiences, with some complaining that the bikes they received were downright dangerous.

Since then I've found a place that is extremely reliable, and a little less flashy. Vélo Express on Daumesnil near Gare de Lyon is just a good old fashioned bike shop, where you can find cheap bikes just like at Vintage Vélo, only with a three month garantie and a bike that works right out the door.

Vélo Express
64, Avenue Daumesnil
75012 Paris

Solidays! Celebrate!

Will Hutchins writing for I V Y paris

Solidays Solidays are coming to Paris! The festival that battles against AIDS through a celebration of life and great music will be setting up camp at the Hippodrome in Longchamp over the last weekend of June.  

It’s taking place the same weekend as Glastonbury but if you’re not crossing the sleeve to attend the world’s greatest music festival in rural south west England then this will be a very entertaining and worthy alternative.


In fact, a few of the harder working bands on the Glasto lineup will venture to Paris to entertain the continental crowd as well.

Bands such as The Ting Tings, The Virgins, Mali’s terrific Amadou et Mariam, the unmissable Metronomy and the always crowd pleasing Friendly Fires who will undoubtedly send the crowd into indie dance ecstasy when they launch into their already-a-classic love song to the republic’s capital ‘ Paris’.

Manu Chao will be there doing his multi-lingual, multi-genre thing and maybe, as a collaborator of Amadou et Mariam, will team up on stage with everyone’s favourite blind husband and wife duo. That’s the type of joyous musical surprise that festivals were created for.

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