Thursday 15 April 2010

Something for the Weekend (16th – 18th April)

Cows in a park, Shakespeare in English, a trip to Japan and an invitation to support your local record store this weekend in Paris. It's also the beginning of the Easter holidays in this region meaning that there'll be less Parisians in town!

If you have any events or activities you think should be promoted or which you would like to promote yourself, please add them in the comments. Let me know also if you have any events in the coming weekends you would like to promote.

Record Store Day
Originating in the US in 2007, this event has since spread worldwide. The goal in this electronic age is to give as much support as possible to a dying breed – the local record store - by uniting artists and traders working in the business. Several outlets in Paris are taking part, including Groove Store on the Rue des Dames in the 17th arrondissement which has planned a surprise event.
Saturday 17th
Groove Store, 29 Rue des Dames, 75017

On va voir les vaches
Paris may be associated with small dogs and large pigeons, but it is rare to come across much else from the animal kingdom here. This weekend though you will be able to experience the rather surreal site of six cows chewing the cud and being milked in Paris. Head over to the La Villette park for this excellent photo opportunity.
Parc de la Villette
Until Sunday 18th April, 10am – 6pm

In Love with Shakespeare
Watching films in their original language is never a problem in Paris, but the same experience in the theatre is a lot rarer. Occasional visiting troupes perform in English in parks or circus tents, but actually watching a play in English in a comfortable environment is an opportunity not to be missed. This is even more true when the plays in question are directed by Sam Mendes.
Theatre Marigny
As You Like It - 14th to 17th April
The Tempest – 20th to 24th April
As I publish, reduced price tickets are still available for both plays.

Turning Japanese
If you are looking for a little exoticism this weekend, how about a Japanese themed day? Exhibitions are currently taking place on both sides of the river, and between the two you can stop for lunch at one of the many Japanese restaurants around the Rue Saint Anne.

Beat Takeshi Kitano, Gosse de peintre
Friends have told me only good things about this eclectic and playful show by the Japanese superstar Beat Takeshi Kitano. Most famous internationally perhaps as an actor and director, here he displays another side to his talents with paintings and a selection of weird and wonderful objects.
Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, 261 boulevard Raspail, 75014
Every day except Monday, 11am-8pm, Tuesday until 10pm
Until September 12th

Art Brut Japonais
This exhibition brings together 63 contemporary creators and over 1000 pieces of art, including drawings, paintings and sculptures. Most surprising of all though is the fact that almost all the creations are the work of people suffering from some form of social or mental handicap, giving an almost unique view of the normally strictly codified Japanese society.
Halle Saint Pierre
2 rue Ronsard 75018
Daily, 10am-6pm
Until January 2nd 2011


Starman said...

Wasn't Easter last week?

David in Setouchi said...

Also Kitano's "new" (at least in Europe) film, Achilles and the Tortoise is still showing.
Most of the paintings at the Fondation Cartier are from the film (or were made before and were used in the film, I'm not exactly sure, didn't go to the exhibit yet).

Adam said...

Starman: Holidays in France are dictated by the tourism industry. Easter holidays are staggered over a one month period, so whilst some parts of France had holidays that combined with Easter, Paris finds itself having Easter holidays that will go until the beginning of May.

David: Thanks for the precisions. I hadn't thought of that connection.

Jessica said...

I unfortunately don't have all the details, but apparently there will be an artist-installed flower/plant garden along the quai near the Eiffel Tower this weekend from 9-20h Sat and Sun.

Adam said...

Jessica: Thanks for the heads up. I think this is what you mean.

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