What's on in Paris

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Find out all about what's on in Paris, from exhibitions to theatre to dance and music, with this unique guide, compiled and updated by Helen Harding.

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EXPAT EVENTS


Irish exiles in Paris: Joyce, Beckett and Behan
A free workshop/talk with the Reverand Cal Cortney of Newington Green Chapel in London. 

5-7pm, June 17

Carr's
1 rue Mont Thabor, 75001
(Métro: Tuileries)

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EXHIBITIONS

Musée de l'Orangerie
After six full years of renovations, this exquisite museum is finally, finally open once again to the public. The headliner of the new L'Orangerie are Monet's 'Nympheas' and 'Waterlillies'; you will find his eight long curved canvases housed in the two oval rooms for which they were originally intended. These paintings, famously inspired by his garden in Giverny, show us his enormous talent for using dappled colour to evoke both light and water. The effect is simply magnificent. New basement galleries contain the Walter-Guillaume Collection including works from Renoir, Picasso, Matisse and Cézanne.

Ongoing

Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries, 75001

Tel : 01 44 77 80 07

www.musee-orangerie.fr

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John Lennon, Unfinished Music
Twenty-five years after his death, John Lennon’s music still has the ability to transcend time and place. October 2005 would have heralded his 65th birthday and this special exhibition is one of many global events organized to celebrate it for him.  Almost 900m2 is dedicated to tracing Lennon’s musical path from his childhood in Liverpool until his death on the December 8, 1980 in New York. Mixed in with a collection of his musical memorabilia are some of John’s collages, which have never before been seen in Europe.

Until June 25

Musée de la Musique
Cité de la Musique
221, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019
Tel : 01 44 84 44 84

www.cite-musique.fr/anglais/accueil.html

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Claude Closky : Roundabout
This winner of the Prix Marcel Duchamp — the French equivalent of the Turner Prize — is exactly what it sounds like: a roundabout. This ubiquitous French artist likes to use the graphic images of everyday life, like street signs, to comment on today's consumer society with an assortment of cultural references; he plays with both our perception of common graphic codes by re-working the images, texts, numbers and sounds until they are sometimes unrecognisable. Here he uses the roundabout, that favourite feature of French road engineersl the exhibition is laid out as sixteen screens in a ring around the gallery.

Until July 31

Centre Pompidou
Place Beaubourg, 75004

Tel: 01 44 78 46 44

www.centrepompidou.fr

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Star Wars
In an movie studio far, far away… a behind-the-scenes space odyssey of George Lucas' awesome galactic saga. More than 150 original objects and hundreds of drawings, models, props and costumes are on display to recreate the atmosphere of the 12 Star Wars planets. Film and video clips document the evolution of the special effects. On a tight budget for his first Star Wars, George Lucas even created his own special effects company, Industrial Light and Magic, of which some techniques are demonstrated here. The best part is the real space-science input from astrophysicist Roland Lehoucq, who contrasts Star Wars special effects with real scientific research.

Until August 6

Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
Parc de la Villette
30, avenue Corentin Coriou
75019

Tel : 01 40 05 80 00

www.cite-sciences.fr

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Cindy Sherman: From Centerfolds to Clowns
This photographer is known for her ability to challenge the imagery and myths of popular culture. The Jeu de paume is hosting a major retrospective of her work including self-portraits of Sherman appearing as B-movie and art-film actresses. Her work has a feminist bent with its focus on the stereotyping of women in films, television and magazines, although some have accused her of perpetuating stereotypes by constantly presenting them. Probably her most controversial work was the 'Sex' series of photographs of 1989, which featured pieced-together medical dummies in protest of the US government's attempts to cut art funding and censor photographs. A must see.

Until Sept 3

Jeu de Paume
1 Place de la Concorde, 75008

www.jeudepaume.org

THEATRE AND DANCE

Dear Conjunction Theater Company: Faith Healer
Brian Friel's play, written in 1979, revolves around a collection of monologues given by the faith healer Francis Hardy, his wife Grace and his manager. As the piece progresses it becomes obvious that the recollections of the three characters are entirely different, thus illustrating brilliantly one of Friel's main themes: 'the search for truth'. The language is deeply lyrical and creates wonderful verbal pictures. This production stars American Robert Symonds, with support from Leslie Clack and Patricia Kessler. The company will follow with a production of 'Johnson is Leaving': 'When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.'

Faith Healer
9pm, June 24-29

Johnson is Leaving
9pm, June 30 and July 1

Théâtre de Nesle
8 rue de Nesle, 75006

Tel : 01 46 34 61 04

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Un Vieux Juif Blonde
This one-woman play, superbly performed by Melanie Thierry, has already established itself as one of the hits of  the season. Thierry, a twenty-year-old, middle-class Catholic believes herself to be an old Jewish survivor; here we see her imagined self interact with her real mother, a psychiatrist and various other doctors. Thierry's ability to capture and keep the attention of the audience bespeaks a rare gift, here set to advantage in a thought-provoking piece that varies from funny to deeply moving.

Until July 1

Théâtre des Mathurins
36 rue des Mathurins, 75008

Tel : 01 42 65 90 00
www.theatremm.com

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La Godot Company: Beckett's Outbursts
This unique 75-minute compilation is an original work based mainly on the comic section of Beckett's early Novel 'Watt'. The piece is performed by the Godot Company, an actors' co-operative that joined up with Beckett's principle British publisher, John Calder, to promote the prose work of this fascinating playwright and famous expat, by the way. The actors share their love for Beckett's spoken word through enthusiastic performances, but the company's approach is to present productions that are more accessible to the audience than some of Beckett's more obtuse works. In English, outdoor event.

7:30pm, July 7

The Irish Cultural Centre
5 rue des Irlandais, 75005

Tel: 01 58 52 10 30

www.centreculturelirlandais.com

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Jeff Green
England's version of Billy Connolly, of rogue persona and beguiling smarminess, comes to La Java to demonstrate why he has become such a huge hit with the Brits. A lot of Green's mischievous humour focuses on the differences between men and women (always a fun subject); just see if you can sit through the act without laughing.

July 18, 19

La Java
105 Faubourg du Temple, 75010

Tel : 01 42 02 20 52

www.anythingmatters.com


MUSIC - OPERA AND CLASSICAL

Sunday Morning Concerts
This is a wonderful way to introduce the whole family to a morning of quality classical music. First, no need to buy tickets in advance, simply show up the morning of concert and hand over the kiddies to a team of activity-leaders whose workshops are intended to help the little ones experience the music on their own level.

Nearly every Sunday morning at 11am through May but check online calendar for programme details

Théâtre du Châtelet
1, place du  Châtelet
75001

Tel : 01 40 28 28 28

www.chatelet-theatre.com

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Robert and Clara Schumann
This concert series is a poignant celebration of the romantic and musical relationship between Robert and Clara Schumann. The mythical couple met when Clara was a nine-year-old child prodigy and Robert was one of her father's piano students. Clara would become one of Germany's most famous pianists and a truly great star of 19th-century musical Europe, while Robert would become one of the leading composers of his time and ours. Together they produced eight children and a great body of compositions. (Each concert starts with a lecture on the couple, followed by a different musical programme for each date. The June 21st concert is free in honour of the Fête de la Musique, but get there early as they will close the doors when the seats are full.)

12:30pm, June 13
6:30pm, June 15
12:30pm, June 20
6:30pm, June 21

Auditorium
Musée d'Orsay
1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007

Tel : 01 40 49 47 50

www.musee-orsay.fr

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L'Elisir d'Amore
Rarely staged in Paris, Donizetti's 1832 melodrama returns with a new production by Laurent Pelly. Set in an idyllic north Italian village, it tells the story of Nemorino, a simple peasant and his fascination and love for the wealthy and beautiful Adina. Do we need to mention that the love is not reciprocated and that a magic potion plays a major role in the plot?

Until July 15

Opéra Bastille
Place de la Bastille, 75012

Tel: 01 72 29 35 35

www.operadeparis.fr

MUSIC - POP, ROCK AND JAZZ

 

Rolling Stones
Geez, we thought six months was enough head start to get tickets for this one, but the entire French leg of this tour is nearly sold out already. Fortunately, these veritable icons of the rock and roll era and famous granddaddies have kindly responded by adding another night in Paris to the 'A Bigger Bang' tour. (Plus, a June 29 show in Lyon and one in Nice on August 8.)

June 3, July 2

Consortium Stade de France
93216 Saint Denis

Booking : 0 892 700 900

www.stadefrance.fr

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Solidays
Solidarité SIDA raises both money and awareness about SIDA and its prevention. Plus it means a whole weekend of music, events for the young, and art,  and in the past has attracted up to 10,000 visitors. For a more serious treatment, visit le Village Solidarité  to take part in lectures, debates and group discussions touching all aspects of HIV in France and world-wide. In terms of music big names in previous years have included Iggy Pop and Morcheeba. This year's line-up includes Louise Attaque (July 7) and The Dandy Warhols (July 8).

July 7-9

Hippodrome de Longchamp
Routes des Tribunes, Bois de Boulogne, 75016

Tel : 01 44 30 75 00

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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Solidays
Solidarité SIDA raises both money and awareness about SIDA and its prevention. Plus it means a whole weekend of music, events for the young, and art,  and in the past has attracted up to 10,000 visitors. For a more serious treatment, visit le Village Solidarité  to take part in lectures, debates and group discussions touching all aspects of HIV in France and world-wide. In terms of music big names in previous years have included Iggy Pop and Morcheeba. This year's line-up includes Louise Attaque (July 7) and The Dandy Warhols (July 8).

July 7-9

Hippodrome de Longchamp
Routes des Tribunes, Bois de Boulogne, 75016

Tel : 01 44 30 75 00

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