Photography... Qu'est-ce que c'est?

The new Pompidou Center photography gallery is hosting an exhibition (until June 1st) probing the question "What is Photography?" Sir John Herschel one of the inventors of photography called it "writing with light." William Henry Fox Talbot another pioneer called his invention sun pictures.

 "Qu'est-ce que la ...


Beloved Binge at Les Cariatides

Beloved Binge with Rob Beloved and Eleni Binge perform their post-post style indie music in Paris at Les Cariatides, one of Paris most "sympa" bars (May 9, 8pm). Binge plays what they call rubble pop rooted in a punk pot with a hint of old Greek village mountain uprising, interpreted through traditional indie ...


Antonioni Revisited in Paris

The Paris Cinémathéque tributes modern cinema pioneer Michelangelo Antonioni (1912-2007), who influenced both screen and popular culture with such films as "La signora senza camelie"(1953), "Blowup" (1966),  "Zabriskie Point" (1970), and his existential brooding trilogy "L’avventura" (1960), "La notte" (1961), and  ...


The Tudors

Early English Renaissance is revisited with "The Tudors" exhibition at Musée du Luxembourg (until July 19, 2015). The exhibition (paintings, books and jewelry) focuses on this legendary monarchy which reigned in England between 1485 and 1603. First shown at the London's National Portrait Gallery it brings together the ...


English-speaking Paris

Moving Paris presents bi-weekly readings of original unpublished stage and screenplays. Spring schedule: "The Nightgown" Christopher Lord "The Nightgown" on April 19. "The Second Mouse" Rita Anderson on June 14. Ronald Hill "Locked In"  July 12th. Free admission. Showtime 7:30pm. Carr's Pub & Restaurant, 1 rue du Mont ...


Best Baguette in Paris 2015

The prize for the best traditional style Baguette in Paris (Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris) was recently awarded  to a Senegal born baker Djibril Bodian  working at Le Grenier à Pain located in Monmartre (38 rue des Abbesses, 75018). This is the second win for Bodian. He ...


The Glow of Paris

With stunning black and white photos in the Ansel Adams tradition and stories about Paris' legendary bridges, "The Glow of Paris, The Bridges of Paris at Night" is a real Paris book gem.  Shooting in the venerable film tradition Gary Zuercher's considerable camera skills bring to life the city's storied bridges and ...


Loire Plein Air Painting Workshop

Treat yourself to a week of painting taught by Tom Hughes May 16-23, 2015 while discovering the magical troglodyte village of Trôo. Perched above the river Loire in the northern Loire Valley this remarkable village features unique cave houses dug into the hillside that provide stunning views over the village, river and ...


Napoleon and Paris

The Carnavalet, a museum dedicated to the history of Paris, looks at the complex relationship between one of France's most remarkable men and one of the world's most beautiful cities. On 22 June 1815, in the wake of his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated at the Elysée Palace. Two hundred years after the ...


New York at Les Douches

Les Douches La Galerie hosts "New York," a group exhibition of documentary photographers including some rare vintage prints by Berenice Abbott, Tom Arndt, Arlene Gottfried, Ernst Haas, Helen Levitt, Vivian Maier, Ray Metzker, Louis Stettner and Sabine Weiss (until May 22).

Placed side by side one sees a juxtaposition ...


Velázquez at the Grand Palais

Born in Seville in 1599, Velázquez is one of the most important figures in the history of art. He was the official artist to King Philip IV at a time when Spain dominated the world and was a contemporary of van Dyck, Bernini and Zubaran. Paris' Grand Palais features an overview of his work from his beginnings in ...


Gaumont Celebrates 120 Years of "Cinéma"

Paris' Centquatre cultural center tributes the Gaumont film company founded by engineer-inventor-promoman Léon Gaumont (1864-1946) with the exhibition Gaumont, 120  Ans de  Cinéma (to August 5, 2015). Gaumont is the world's first and oldest film company and is as old as the medium itself. Originally dealing in ...


Paris' Free Museums

With over 30 million visitors a year, Paris is the world’s most visited city. Among its many attractions are its 153 museums, which showcase an incredibly diverse collection of art from all around the world. In a bid to widen accessibility to this impressive cultural heritage, the city of Paris has allowed free ...


Pierre Bonnard Painting Arcadia

The Musee d'Orsay's latest crowd pleaser is a retrospective of the Post Impressionist painter Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). Bonnard's bright and luminous colors — inspired by Gauguin and Japanese prints— depicting intimate scenes and pastoral subjects carry on where Impressionism left off.  Among the paintings exhibited ...


John Baxter's Nights in Paris

John Baxter discusses and signs his new book "Five Nights in Paris" (May 11th) at the Shakespeare and Co bookshop. Any guidebook can tell you what to see and do in Paris during the day: museums and monuments, cathedrals and croissants—the checklist of Parisian clichés is enough to keep any tourist busy until closing ...


A Passion for Paris

With his new book  "A Passion for Paris" David Downie looks at how Paris got the reputation of being the world's number one romantic city. The author informs the reader straight away that it will be a personal journey "I wonder if I knew on that first April morning that this would be it" says Downie. "I was stuck and ...


Unbuttoning Fashion

In the 17th century buttons were so precious that the kings of France attempted to regulate their number and use. Buttons meet fashion with an exhibition— Déboutonner la Mode—featuring over 3000 buttons from the amazing collection of Loic Allio at Paris' Musée des Arts Décoratifs (to July 19, 2015).

This is not a bunch ...


Florence Henri, Mirror of the Avant-Garde

"What I want above all in photography is to compose the image as I do with paintings..." said Florence Henri in 1927. The American born Paris-based painter did just that as she turned her attention to photography that year after taking a summer course at Moholy-Nagy's  legendary Bauhaus.

With "Miroir des Avant-Gardes, ...

  

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