Last century, a grungy band named 4 Non Blondes made its mark shrieking
the words what's going on?. Now, words out gentlemen prefer
non-blondes. Like Nadia Farès, starring opposite Jean Reno in
Mathieu Kassovitzs latest movie, Les Rivières pourpres, a dark
thriller set against an alpine glacier... Even LOréal highlights
this change of mode, launching a Féria hair color line called
Apropos. Whats up? Suddenly, this city that seemed so set in
its ways, is up for anything from brunettes to Palmpilots and
Theres no turning back. Events likeOù nous emportent les techniques?
or Wheres technology taking us?, a Le Monde-sponsored public
debate scheduled October 27-29, at Le Mans Palais des Congrès et de la Culture
(a 55-minute TGV ride from Paris, reservations: 02 43 47 46 87), still question the digital age... Yet, year 2000 Internautes
are into mobile communication. Already equipped with smart cell
phones, Frenchie techies will be getting PDAs (personal digital
assitants) this Christmas. The market for hand-held Palmpilot-style
gadgets is huge. Beyond Fnac and Surcouf, stores such as Palmshop (21 rue Brey, 17e, M° Ternes or Etoile, tel: 01 44 09
70 00) target eager risk-takers. Attendees of go-getting business expos
like Le Forum de l'Investissement et du Placement, at Porte Maillots Palais des Congrès convention center Oct 6-8.
(Infoline: 01 42 96 64 50.)
The smartest way to listen to music on the metro? On a digital
audio device along the lines of Thomson multimédias Lyra, or
Sonys ultra-light NW-MS7 Walkman Memory Stick. This dead cute
Mp3/WAV/ATTRAC3 electronic bijou integrates Magic Gate technology,
designed to keep serial downloaders in step with SDMI (Secure
Digital Music Initiative) on-line copyright recommendations.
Whos that girl? Whys she tweaking her ear with what looks like
a translucent pink pen? Odds are shes a nouvelle économie exec.
She manages her life like a series of miracles. And her perfume
is Miracle. The brand-new Lancôme fragrance ambassadored by
American actress Uma Thurman. Among its flacon options: a super-practical
Whats gotten into Woody Allen? Gallic film buffs used to find his quirky, introspective New
York City neuroses entertaining. How does he thank them? With
a crazy action comedy titledMorceaux Choisis (Picking up the
Pieces). Murder most morbid. Dont ask why, but theres something
about Woodys harlot wife (Sharon Stone), that urges him (Tex, a butcher, by profession) to chop her
to bits. Follows a bungled flight to New Mexico, in a pickup truck...
David Schwimmer (Ross in cult TV show Friends) plays a priest, while Kiefer
Sutherland camps a stereotypical Texan cop. A miraculous cast
that probably helpedMorceaux" enter Pariscopes hit parade du
Anywhere on earth, the boss calls the shots. Right? Pas du tout...
In Paris, right now, assistants are tops. The 13th arrondissements
Emmanuel Perrotin gallery has assigned a window/space to a couple
of its assistants. At 5 rue Louise Weiss, Adeline Cacheux and
Peggy Lebufs 5.37 square meternanogalerie is intended as a
window on the work of promising international artists. The first
installation? An escargorium by Agnès Ross featuring snails vehicling
In a similar vein, designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has turned
an experimental mini store dubbed Assistant[s] over to his assistants.
(45 rue Madame, 6e, tel: 01 45 49 26 54.)
Late night gallery openings are all the rage. On October 11, Les
Nocturnes de la Rive Droite will transform the Elysée area into
a sprawling Veuve Clicquo-sponsored street party, spotlighting
among other creative sparks... David Mach. A Brit artist whose
Species pieces are made from matches. (To Nov 9, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, 38 av Matignon, tel: 01
42 89 89 00.)
Equally amazing, pixel artist Yves Yacoël will window dress
the Théâtre de l'Odéons arcades with a real ribbon/virtual mosaic,
during the Arts du livre book fair (Oct 14 & 15) and Métiers de la mode fashion exhibit (Oct 28 &
Monuments are in vogue. The weirder, the better. Take the Conciergerie,
(1 quai de lHorloge, 1er). This infamous 14th century prison
is the venue of wacky, foxy medieval storytelling soirées. (Juliette
dit des contes érotiques et drôlatiques du Moyen Age, 9pm, Sept 29 & 30, Oct 1-3, hotline: 01 53 73 78 52.)
On November 30, the Conciergerie hosts a Saint Andrews Night millennium
gala. (Contact: Terre dEcosse, 01 47 57 31 32.)
Halloweens a stateside festivity. Okay? No way. Its been taken
over by the French. From 10am to midnight, on October 31, an Uncle
Bens kiosk will propose orange ghost costumes and makeup sessions,
for urban revelers who havent got their act together... The sesame?
A palmful of rice, plus the passwordOn a peur mais on riz, Were
scared, but were laughing. And, a toll-free number tells you
its secret address: 0 800 31 10 20 (Oct 1-31).
Trick or goûter? The BN biscuit brand is promoting special Halloween
packs. A mix of vampire and ghost chocolate cookies, including
spooky tattoo transfers. For kids only?
Name a millennium craze. Chances are an expo focuses on it...
For organic food and the healthy life, click on Marjolaine (Nov 10-19, Parc Floral de Paris, M° Château de Vincennes). For the lowdown on mushroom picking, access the Museum National
dHistoire Naturelles Salon du Champignon (Oct 7-15, Jardin des Plantes, M° Jussieu). While chocolates "virtual capital" is the Salon du Chocolat (Oct 28 to Nov 1, Espace Eiffel Branly, M° Alma-Marceau). And 20th century design already has a flea market (Les Puces du Design, Oct 21-23, Passage du Grand Cerf, M° Etienne
Catch them if you can! Fashions in-crowd scoots from one launch
to the next. Spilling out into the street... exchanging post-rentrée
spiel. At LEclaireurs new mens boutique (12 rue Malher, 4e, tel: 01 44 54 22 11), mini bottles of Pommerys Pop champagne were served with straws.