A concert from another time

Lilian Gordis, Reinhardt von Nagel and traverse player Johanna Bartz

Harpsichordist Lilian Gordis, Reinhard von Nagel and traverso player Johanna Bartz

 

There are still some genuine music lovers and dedicated artists in Paris, and my evening at Atelier von Nagel in the 11 th arrondissement was living proof of it. When I came out of the metro station, Rue des Boulets, and asked my way to 20 rue Bouvier, a nice lady with a stick, told me « we are going to the same place » ! A great start for an evening full of surprises, of which she is an habituée. My steps lead me to a modern uninteresting building, dedicated to workshops, and up we went to the 4th floor, following a small crowd of aficionados who have joined the « Les bois qui chantent » association. You have to belong to be invited, and then the concert is free.Read More

Flowers for kids

How to decorate with flowers for children

How to play with flowers and learn

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The only condition is to be 7 or older and to form a group of 3 to 10 friends. Atelier Marie Marianne, one of the most refined flower boutique in Paris, loves children. And the two ladies who run the shop, Marie Lavoine and Marianne Robic, have decided to teach kids how to create flower arrangements. For Christmas, Easter or Mother’s day, there are different topics and designs, taught in one hour tutorials, on how to surprise your family with beautiful flowers.Read More

Bryan Hymel, a Parisian triumph

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American tenor Bryan Hymel, photo Dario Acosta

Discovering a new singer is not always easy nor pleasant, but hearing American tenor Bryan Hymel for the first time in the Grandes Voix series, at Théâtre des Champs Elysées last night, was so exciting that my heart was beating hard and so was the whole theater’s. People stood up and gave him a triumphal ovation for ten minutes at the end of his first Parisian recital, after he generously encored “Cavalliera rusticana” .Read More

A Happening at Opéra comique

Lighting by Jean Kalman and staging by Christian Boltanski make miracles

Lighting by Jean Kalman and staging by Christian Boltanski make miracles

Sunday night is not my favorite evening to go out but the association of artist Christian Boltanski and Jean Kalman, the most brilliant lighting engineer alive, made it a must to attend « Pleine Nuit », a performance at Opéra Comique, which is under works until 2017. Described as an « Errance poétique et musicale dans le chantier de l’Opéra comique », this twenty minute adventure is intriguing, exciting and totally unpretentious. It is also beautiful thanks to Franck Krawyczyk’s music and soprano Leïla Benhamza’s voice.Read More

At Galliera, Comtesse Greffulhe still impresses the crowds

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Olivier Saillard shows the 1897, Worth “tea-gown” dress to heirs of the comtesse Greffulhe

« This is the first ever exhibition of fashion recorded in litterature », says with great pride, Olivier Saillard, director of Musée Galliera in Paris. The collection of dresses worn by Comtesse Greffulhe, born Princesse de Caraman Chimay, is the largest of the museum of fashion of the City of Paris, and Marcel Proust and Robert de Montesquiou mentioned them many times in their writings. The daily newspaper le Figaro also recorded most of Elisabeth’s social apparitions as she was one of the most influential ladies of the turn of the century.Read More

At Quai Branly, a world of objects with a human feel

Mechanical Avalokitesvara by Wang Zi Won, 2015

Mechanical Avalokitesvara by South Korean artist Wang Zi Won, 2015. The arms of Buddha move constantly

Musée du Quai Branly, the future Musée Jacques Chirac, always surprises us and this time, the exhibition, « Persona, Etrangement humain » which hightlights objects from old civilisations up to contemporary robots, is both riveting and disconcerting.

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Mallet-Stevens illuminates Villa Cavrois

Even in grey skies, Villa Cavrois looks like a sunny ship! Mallet Stevens understood everything about light.

Even in grey skies, Villa Cavrois looks like a sunny ship! Mallet-Stevens understood everything about light.

It is a long and grim drive from Paris to Lille on the Autoroute du Nord which also leads to Brussels and Calais. But if you are travelling with two very dear friends, an architect from Boston, and the daughter of the leading Texas architect Frank Welch, it is much more fun.Read More

Chocolat, the first black actor in France

Omar Sy and James Thierrée are a fantastic acting couple

Omar Sy and James Thierrée are a fantastic acting couple in Chocolat

 

« Chocolat », the new film directed by Roschdy Zem and produced by the Altmayer brothers (Nicolas and Eric), is the charming and sad story of the rise and fall of the first black actor in France. And it is a lovely surprise, thanks to the two main actors, James Thierrée, a confirmed stage actor and Charlie Chaplin’s grandson (who looks so much like his grandfather on screen) and Omar Sy who was made famous by his part in the film « Intouchables », and whose presence and large smile are vivid throughout the film.Read More