February 5 – March 8
Artist Marcus McAllister exhibits the pages of his famous sketchbooks at Galerie Entre (111 rue St-Honoré, 1st). The vernissage from 6pm on Feb 5th. Open Tues-Sat 2-7pm (Wed until 9pm). Free entry.
February 10-March 10
The historic Grand Serre greenhouse of the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement is hosting an exhibit of thousands of flowering orchids from around the world, including many rare varietiies brought in from other greenhouses. Open every day but Tuesday from 10am-5pm, entrance €6. Enter the gardens at 18 rue Buffon if the main gates are shut.
February 12 – November 3
The Grand Galerie d’Evolution at the Jardin des Plantes (Natural History Museum) is hosting a fabulous new exhibition, Nuit, an exploration of the night in all its aspects from scientific to imaginary, presented in four sections: the night sky, noctural life in the natural world, a night of sleep, and myths and monsters of the night. Open daily except Tuesday from 10am-6pm (nope, not open at night). Entry €9, €7 for kids and students 4-24 years.
February 28-March 29
The Mairie of the 20th arrondissement is holding an exposition to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Les Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville – on display are over 200 works of art by 91 different artists. Swing by for a look at the pavillon Carré de Baudouin, 121 rue de Ménilmontant, Paris 20 and follow the Facebook page for more events through March.
March 4 to May 18
Kicking off this year’s exhibits at the Musée du Quai Branly is Black Atlantic, an exhibition of the book Negro Anthology by Nancy Cunard, published in 1934. “Lavishly illustrated, this 858-page book, resembling a major documentary enquiry, blends popular culture, sociology, politics, history, art history in the form of articles, archives, photographs, extracts from the press, musical scores, eye-witness accounts etc.” Buy tickets online for this exhibit at 37 quai Branly, 75007 Paris.
March 5 to June 15
Comic book fans, take heed! New exhibit Superheroes: the Art of Alex Ross at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art & Culture brings to us the work of a groundbreaking comic book artist, who has worked on the likes of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Wednesday to Sunday, 11 AM-6 PM at 34 avenue du New York, Paris 75116.
March 6 to 16
American-born artist Marcus McAllister (whose work is being displayed at the Ateliers d’Artistes de Belleville event as well) is having an exhibition of his own, entitled “Chasing constellations”. Running from 3 PM-8 PM on all days, this expo includes tea with the artist on the two Sundays, March 9 and 16. A must-see at the Galerie 43 (43 rue Vandrezanne Paris 13).
March 7 to 9
This year, the Mondial du Tatouage returns to showcase the work of some of the best and most famous contemporary tattoo artists today. With opportunities to enter contests, attend seminars and even attend a photo exhibit, the Mondial promises an exhibit bigger and better than ever. Buy tickets online, and make the trip to the Grande Halle at Parc de la Villette, 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris.
March 7 to 16
700 professionals from all over Europe come together this year’s Foire de Chatou, taking place at 78 Ile des Impressionistes (RER station Rueil-Malmaison). A variety of antiques, collectibles, books and records are up for grabs, along with food from all over the world. Entry is only €6, and free for those under 15 – perfect for a weekend family outing.
Through March 29
Brassaï, Pour l’Amour de Paris is a free exhibition about Paris as seen through the black and white photos of Brassaï, one if its most famous photographers, at the Hôtel de Ville (entrance at 3 rue Lobau, 4th), Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm. It was originally supposed to finish March 8th, but has been extended through the 29th.
Through March 16
Novel of a Wardrobe: The Parisian Chic from the Belle Epoque to the 1930s is the current exhibition at the Carnavalet History of Paris Museum. “Imagine stepping into one of Paris’s top Haute Couture houses in the early 20th century: Alice Alleaume, chief saleswoman from 1912 to 1923 at Chéruit, 21 Place Vendôme, welcomes you and offers to fulfil your wildest dreams.” On public display is the remarkable wardrobe of Alice Alleaume herself. Dresses by Chéruit, Worth and Lanvin, evening shoes by Hellstern, hats by Alphonsine, Marcelle Demay, Madeleine Panizon and Le Monnier, evening headbands by Rose Descat, jewellery, etc. Open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm, entry €4.50.
Through March 30
For the inaugural exposition of the newly-opened Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Ici Là et Au-Dela features four artists who explore Islam and the spiritual identity of the Goutte d’Or district of Paris: Abbas, Yazid Oulab, Patrizia Guerresi Maïmouna and Bruno Lemesle. Free entry, open Tues-Thurs 10am-9pm, Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday noon – 7pm.
Through June 15
For those looking for events commemorating WWI (1914-1918), the Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris (Municipal Libraries Gallery, 22 rue Malher, 4th) is hosting a fascinating exhibit, Paris 14/18, la Guerre au Quotidien. It includes over 200 photos and films, never shown in public before, documenting the life of Parisians during the war years, and how the city and the country were forever changed. Watch the trailer for the exhibit here (en français). The expo is free, open Tues-Sun 1-7pm (Thursdays until 9pm).
Food & Entertainment
Register now to participate in the monthly hosted dinner, Once Upon a Table, at the Latin Quarter cooking school Le Foodist. More than just a gourmet French meal hosted by a professional sommelier and chef, there’s also a storyteller who takes you through the history and anecdotes behind each iconic French dish. You’ll even learn the French sabering technique for opening a bottle of Champagne (and yes, you get to drink it, too). A true cultural education, you’ll have plenty of great anecdotes for your next cocktail party! The full 5-course dinner including wine pairings and Champagne is €130/person.
March 6 and 7
Should you have any interest in classical music, be sure to drop in to Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Opera’s Cocktails and Conversation recital series at the Institut Finlandais. This organisation showcases the work of young professional musicians, so follow them on Facebook for updates on their work. Don’t forget to reserve places for the event – tickets are €25 and will probably sell out fast!
Barbès Cafe 2014, presented by Cabaret Sauvage, brings you ten days of music from Maghreb region that narrates the history of immigration from the region to France through song and dance. Even though this event is coming up in March, you should probably buy tickets now before they run out! Tickets range from €22 to €32, and are only €12 for children.
Through March 29
Le Burlesque Klub is performing their retro brand of “glamorous and funny” burlesque performance every Saturday night at La Nouvelle Seine (a péniche boat moored outside 3 Quai de Montebello, 5th). An entertaining show with plenty of feathers, sequins, and laughter, a great alternative to the touristy Moulin Rouge and Lido! Tickets €21 (€13 on BilletReduc.com). Show starts at 10:45pm.
Fifties’ Sound brings us back with a retro Paris vintage fair (1900-1980) at la Belleviloise, 19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris. Starting at 10 AM, the fair is accompanied by a musical act at 5 PM with music from the 1940s and 1950s. As the organizers say, it’s the perfect opportunity to find a gift for your loved ones or yourself!
Paris-based band Soul Side Up is playing this Sunday from 4 PM to 5 PM at Chez Robert, 59 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris. While the show will be open to all, visitors are advised to come early as there is limited space – more details can be found on the Facebook page. Don’t miss this chance to see a local soul band for free!
Those interested in literature or aspiring writers could be interested in a series of readings by screenwriters and playwrights by Moving Fast, a bilingual atelier. On March 30 Cornelieu Mitrache reads “Alien Hangover”, an english screenplay at Carr’s Pub & Restaurant at 1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris starting at 7:30 PM. A complete schedule is available, with a variety of readings (largely in English) over the next few months.
April 3 to 6
Take a dance class or attend 1920s and 30s themed parties over four days at the 8th Paris Jazz Roots Dance Festival after watching this video. Tickets are as inexpensive as €10 for one party, and you can sign up online. Don’t forget to follow the Facebook page to remain updated on the festival, taking place at La Bellevilloise, 19-21 Rue Boyer, 75020 Paris.
April 4 and 5
A unique opportunity to witness Bach’s Messe en si mineur is being presented by the Paris Choral Society on two days only. Tickets are only €20, €10 for students, and can be bought online for slightly more. The Choral Society’s first foray into the wonderful world of Bach, this event will take place at the Cathédrale Américaine at 23 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris.
Buying fresh farm produce comes easy at Pari Fermier, with everything from vegetables to whiskey originating in all the regions of France on sale for 3 days. Free invitations are available, along with a list of producers and directions to the Parc Floral de Paris at Metro station Château de Vincennes. Follow the Facebook page for more updates.
Put on your favourite superhero costume, real or imagined, and join the release party for H-man, the superhero of France and Europe! Participate in Kararocké (Karaoke, but only to rock music) as you watch episodes of the new series, and you may also win a prize for the craziest costume. At the Bus Palladium, 6 rue Fontaine, 75009 Paris starting at 8:30 PM.
A comedic and “disrespectful” take on the classic movie Casablanca titled Casablanca: The Gin joint cut takes the stage at Théâtre Déjazet, 41 boulevard du Temple, 75003 Paris for 11 shows next month. With a small cast of only three, this is the play’s first appearance in France. Buy tickets online.
This summer, Pixar in Concert comes to Paris! The Sinfonia Pop Orchestra will be playing musical themes from 13 movies, from Toy Story to Ratatouille, for only one day at the Palais des Congres, Porte Maillot, 75017 Paris. Tickets are available online, but will no doubt sell out very quickly – so buy now to watch excerpts from your favourite Pixar films accompanied by a live musical performance.
Hikers and trail runners might still find a space open for the 7th annual Eco-Trail de Paris, which includes 80k, 50k, 30k, and 18k races (the last one isn’t timed, just for fun), as well as Nordic Walking and several group hikes for more relaxed treks through the Paris and the forests of Ile-de-France.
For makeovers and tips on make-up, hair and fashion, keep an eye out for Beauty Experience at the mall So Ouest, slightly outside the city at 21 rue d’Alsace, 92300 Levallois-Perret. Free for cardholders, Facebook fans and those with the So Ouest app on their mobiles, this three day event is accompanied by a fashion show on March 29. Follow the Facebook page for more information, and visit between 1 PM and 9 PM!
Make a difference
March 21 to 24
Vivre Autrement, a salon for organic and ethical living, is holding a conference to present and discuss how to do your part for the world of organic living spanning over 4 days. The conference is accompanied by cooking classes and wine tastings on Sunday and Monday. Entry is free, so don’t miss this event at the Parc Floral, Route de la Pyramide, 75012 Paris.
Do your part for English-language helpline SOS Help by attending their Spring booksale later this month! The booksale runs from 12 PM-4 PM at the Orrick law offices, 31 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 75016, and contains a variety of genres for only €1-2.
From 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM local time is world Earth Hour, WWF’s initiative to prevent electricity wastage. For this time, you are encouraged to turn off all lights and appliances (yes, that includes smartphones!).
Other Paris Calendar Links
- For literary events, readings, and classes: Monthly Paris Listing andAmerican Library in Paris.
- For indie/alternative music concerts see Gigs in Paris
- For art exhibitions, museum news and openings see Paris Muse.
- For mainstream events visit the Paris Office of Tourism.
- For naughty events, see the Naughty Paris Guide.