Travaux de Dames?

Wall Ensemble ©Kristin McKirdy

The Musée Les Arts Decoratif opened its “Travaux de Dames” exhibition on International Womens’ Day featuring such artists as Niki de Saint-Phalle, Charlotte Perriand, Sonia Delauney and Elsa Schiaparelli. Canadian contemporary ceramic artist Kristin McKirdy— who has lived and taught classes in Paris for over 20 years— is showing an example of her new wall ensemble work. Continue reading “Travaux de Dames?”

Fashion Forward in Paris

‟Fashion Forward, 3 Centuries of Fashion (1715-2016)” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs brings together 300 items of men’s, women’s and children’s fashion from the 18th century to today, selected from the museum’s collections to provide a  chronological overview (to August 14, 2016).

France has long been associated with fashion and style.  It is widely credited as beginning during the reign of Louis XVI when the luxury goods industries in France came increasingly under royal control and the French royal court became the arbiter of taste and style in Europe. At the close of the 18th century, Paris contained 262 embroiderers, 1824 shoemakers, 1702 dressmakers and 128 fan-makers. Continue reading “Fashion Forward in Paris”

American Painting in the 1930’s

Grant Wood : America Gothic (1930) The Art Institute of Chicago

After its debut at the Art Institute of Chicago the exhibition “American Painting in the 1930’s” comes to Paris’ Musee Orangerie. The exhibition includes the iconic Grant Wood’s  “American Gothic” along with lesser-known work produced during “an age of anxiety.”  It is the first time that “American Gothic” (now in the Art Institute of Chicago) has been exhibited in Europe (to January 30, 2017) Continue reading “American Painting in the 1930’s”

Dear Conjunction Theatre Company

Les Clack

Dear Conjunction Theatre Company has been bringing Parisian audiences the best in bilingual theater since 1991. During that time they have produced over 30 plays from Harold Pinter to Mike Leigh to Yasmina Reza.

“Bilingual theater is not easy,”  says Les Clack .” We tried alternating performances with three nights of a play in English and then three in French. For that one needs to find just the right actors and play… We are now focusing on English language plays that sometimes  include some French such as “More lives than just one.” where I do a segment from “Salomé, which was Oscar Wilde’s only play in French.” Continue reading “Dear Conjunction Theatre Company”

Apartment Rental & Purchasing Agencies

Image Flat Hunter
FlatHunter is a property search specialist that works exclusively on the buyer’s side, finding homes or investment properties for both French and international clients. Services in Paris, the suburbs and greater France. Tel: 33 (0) 1 42 26 64 35 Email:

Barnes property consultants is “run by expats for expats” and offers over 1500 furnished and unfurnished apartments in Paris. Tel: 01 55 61 92 92 Email: Continue reading “Apartment Rental & Purchasing Agencies”

Getting around Paris

ImageParis Metro consists of 16 lines spanning all of the city and its suburbs. The metro is classified into 5 zones, with the first two zones covering Paris and the rest traveling to outer neighborhoods. Each of the lines are identified by a color and a number making it easy to locate the correct line on a map. The direction of travel is marked by the last stop on that line. To make finding destinations easier, the Parisian transport agency (ratp), provides a destination locater on their website under the link “finding your way”. Continue reading “Getting around Paris”

Shopping Parisian Style

Susan Tabak

Imagine a custom just-for-you shopping trip to Paris, following an elegant and chic woman dashing through the Paris streets, expertly guiding you and finding and navigating the most unusual, exclusive shops and greeting friends on every corner. You might imagine this woman a chic Parisian but actually she is what her Parisian friends call her “une personage”, she is American Susan Tabak, personal shopper and author of CHIC IN PARIS, Style Secrets & Best Addresses, which profiles eight of Paris’ most chic, iconic women such as Ines de la Fressange and  Loulou de la Falaise. Continue reading “Shopping Parisian Style”