Archive for November, 2014


Rabelais and the Rampart

The other day I was walking in the Marais, in the part down by the Seine, and as I cut up the rue des Jardins Saint-Paul, heading toward the big church of Saint Paul, I couldn’t help thinking about one of my favorite French literary heroes, François Rabelais, who lived on this street in the […]

Giving the Costes Another Try

I’m not a huge fan of the Costes restaurants, especially their original homebase, L’Hotel Costes, which doesn’t live up to its prices and has a flaky wait staff to boot. HOWEVERRRR, I have to admit that my most recent visit to one of the Costes’ Paris cafés really made me rethink my preset judgment. I […]

Eh ben…

It’s Friday. This is all I got. Passez un bon ouiquend.

An English-Language Theatre Festival

Despite its hard-to-remember name – Dionysia (Die-oh-nice-ee-a) – the English-language theatre competition and festival has done nothing but grow. I asked Chris Newens to fill us in on The Montmartre Dionysia III. He writes The third year of this biannual event takes place December 1-6, bringing 4 plays – chosen from 30 entrants – to […]

A Rose is Arose

Your rentree began last September but it is not complete without taking in a show of art in an independent gallery in the Marais — n’est-ce pas? I recommend seeing “Lost for Words,” which is in its last 11 days of an extended show at The Brooklyn. It’s a collection of collages by Matthew Rose, one of the […]

7th Annual Fashion Film Fest

A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival is the first film festival dedicated to fashion, style, and beauty. For the 7th edition of the worldwide festival, Diane Pernet has curated a much more versatile program of the fashion film genre, stating, “The worlds of fashion and film both work around the notion of dream and […]

No Joke

When I first moved to Paris in 2005, I frequented Le Clown Bar, a cozy restaurant next door to Le Cirque d’Hiver. Loaded with charm, the interior from the turn of the century had tile inserts with clown motifs, along with an excellent two-course menu for about 25 euros. As I became more familiar with […]

Tower-Adjacent Dining

Eating around the Eiffel Tower is not THAT difficult, but you can’t really be too picky.  It’s pretty much a choice between restaurants that are overpriced for what you get, restaurants that don’t allow reservations and are packed, or humdrum joints that aren’t worth staying in the area for. This is why I’m so glad to […]

An American in Paris, Posthumously

The Jeu de Paume is host to the first retrospective in 25 years of the American photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984). He is considered in the same league as the American photographers Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander. Winogrand captured moments in life similar to the work of French photographers Robert Doisneau, Marc Riboud and […]

The 5-Year Wait Is Over

After five long years of renovations, the Marais’s Picasso Museum finally reopened to the public on October 25, 2014, and at more than double its pre-renovation size. The building itself, the 17th century Hôtel Salé, is an impressive structure in itself, and it offers some beautiful rooftop views of Paris. Unfortunately, I found the layout […]

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