As Concorde prepares to take to the skies again... And, with the investiture of the new United States Ambassador to France, Howard Leach, iminent... It's been back to business for everybody. So, why cant we shake out of our systems those neurone-numbing silly season hits weve been dancing to, all summer? Like Da Muttz yelling Wassuup! down their cellphones in Da Album? Wassuup??... we ask, on reconnecting with the urban jungle. What new projects are in the works, this fall?
A new face, Thibaud de Barmon is a young aristo whos been places. Formerly a DJ in Singapore, he set out on a grand tour of Asia at 23. Four years in Honk Kong, Taipei... Seoul and Tokyo. Now, he describes himself as a multimedia PerFormer who wants to go beyond the mix and mingles. Every Friday, at Project 101, de Barmon hosts experimental electro/techno/drumnbass soirées. Also a video artist, he projects hurdy-gurdy, hurly-burly... images of the cities he's visited, directly on the walls of the dance floor, in the basement of his groovy if tiny two-story locale. Entry is 50F, then its open bar. On September 7, zero in on the seasons first theme event billed as a Cyberpunk 2001 bionic odyssey with visual inspirations ranging from Blade Runner to Eraserhead. (44 rue de la Rochefoucauld, 9e / email@example.com).
Paris Project Room
The last of nine subway stations to be given a trendy makeover to fête the RATPs centennial, M° Bonne Nouvelle is currently screening cinematic images on the billboard spaces of its direction Pont de Sèvres platform. The good news is that this is the metro station for another small place with big projects, two streets away at 19 rue de lEchiquier... Opened last spring, Paris Project Room is a gallery thats an arts concept in itself. Behind it, Seul-Gi Lee, 28, a graduate of the Ensb-a (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts) and Simon Boudvin, 21 and still studying there. In a reference to the way real galleries operate, theyve invented a fictitious gallery director named Marcel Wallace who acts on their behalf and even sends out a regular newsletter. In July, Marcel presented a show of arty T-shirts that got them a page in Libération. Light-years away from the standard commercial approach, with young hopefuls queuing up with their portfolios, hoping to become stars overnight... , their policy is to encourage exhibitors to take part in joint installations specially conceived for the space. Opening hours? 4-9pm and theyre usually closed on Monday and Tuesday. However, theyll be open on Monday September 10 for a Sept 7-10 co-production between Ensb-a alumnus Laurence Vincent and Nina Sidow, a Berlin artist based at the Cité des Arts. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Everybody's talkin about... Galerie Rouge 44, a real gallery, with proper opening hours and regular events (Tue-Sat, 2-8pm, 44bd de la Villette, 19e), thats niched above Café Chéri(e), a hot Belleville venue whose daily techno wingdings begin at 9pm. From September 6 to 22, the gallery presents Flyers, a historical expo curated by Flyman, a master of this alternative genre.
Already known to vinyl freaks as the organizers of vintage record fairs, Collectomania now has a store of its own specializing in '50s-'70s golden oldies, all unused. Stop by for a chat with Marcel Rapp who'll help you sift through the racks for everything from Bond, James Bond... movie soundtracks or rare Beatles EPs to the three rs R&B, reggae and rocknroll. Hell also tell you about this months not-to-be-missed disk conventions, at the Maison de la Radio (Sept 12-16) and Bercy on September 23, a Sunday. (Tue-Sat, 2-7pm, 20bis rue de lIngénieur Keller, 15e, tel: 01 45 75 49 40)
La Vie en Roses
The heights of no-tech, this rose-tinted, bouquet-sized boutique gives a rose is a rose is a rose new meaning. Along with exceptionally fragrant haute couture blooms sold by the stem, La Vie en Roses proffers a multiplicity of rose by-products: candles, scented postcards, jelly, honey, mustard, breakfast ware... Even a rosewood pillowcase spray (55F). Also on the pink shelves, Manuel Canovas chic line of home fragrances (75-310F). (48 rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, 9e, tel: 01 42 82 13 49)
Diamonds are a girls best friends according to a song as familiar as Edith Piafs La Vie en rose, yet Marie-Hélène de Taillacs Precious Bar on the ground floor of the Colette concept store vaunts the magic properties of other gems. Marie-Hélène spends six months of the year in India picking out precious and semi-precious stones with special energizing, protective or appeasing qualities for her ultra-cool jewelry influenced by ancient civilizations as well as tribal art. (213 rue St-Honoré, 1er, tel: 01 55 35 33 90)
17 by Carole de Bona
Numbers can be magic too... So, theres a 10 to 1 chance that Paris Absolument Fabulous crowd will be scrambling to get into the launch party of a fab space called 17 by Carole de Bona. Scheduled to open its doors on September 20, this 3,000 square meter multipurpose modular emporium is de Bonas dream project come true an art gallery, attached to a publishing house, with a music corner and beauty spa thrown in, plus... a fashion section spotlighting on-the-up labels like Jean-Paul Knott, Jérome Dreyfuss and Alexandre-Matthieu. (17 rue de Sèvres, 6e)
Oops!... Youve only got until September 16 to see Paris-based Guy Schraenens documentary expo titled oop (a pun on out of print). Based on an internationally-renowned Small Press & Communication archive which now belongs to Germanys Weserburg Neues Museum, this scholarly 1960-80 overview includes exhibition posters, conceptual statements and landmark critical publications such as Lucy R. Lippards Six years: The dematerialization of the art object. (Cneai, Maison Levanneur, Ile des Impresssionistes, Chatou, RER A, tel: 01 39 52 45 35)
With the success of jet-setters haunts like Nobu, the Japanese/world food restaurant on rue Marbeuf backed by Robert de Niro and French media celebs... Chefs who havent gone global are increasingly rare. Many Asian establishments no longer restrict themselves to a single culinary territory. Such is the philosophy behind Komodo, a Left Bank resto run by Jeremy Hague, a Brit whose compilation menu constitutes a magical mystery tour of Thailand, China, Japan, Viet Nam and India. (16 rue du Dragon, 6e, tel: 01 45 48 49 49/ www.komodocuisine.com)
The countdown to the great EU monetary switch is beginning to feel like pre-millennium jitters. Are U going to boycott Euro convertors? Or, are U going to buy a translucent gizmo to go with your blue i-Mac, like Addex Designs Bloomy desk model.? (99F)