The snow has melted in Paris and the temperature has slowly climbed back upwards, but my selection of events this week are still all safely tucked up warm.
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.
Back in the Days
I mentioned the previous Back in the Days event which took place in November, and this edition looks equally as intriguing. The concept of an Old Skool event at tea-time on a Sunday is already quite a bizarre one, but when it involves a tattoo artist, retro gaming and dance battles, it gets even odder, but certainly in a good way! This time round the venue, the recently renovated Bains Douches, is perfect as it was the place to be when Old Skool was New Skool.
The event includes an exhibition by the artist Estevan Oriol, live art by Laura Satana, DJ sets, a “Who’s got the hippest Old Skool look” competition, retro gaming and a dance battle.
Sunday 17th January, 3pm
Les Bains Douches
7, rue du Bourg l'Abbé 75003
Another recent reopening has been the Fleche d’Or bar, restaurant and concert venue. If you haven’t been yet, the concert programmed this Saturday should give you an extra incentive. Shortlisted as one of the sounds of 2010 to look out for by the BBC, Everything Everything could make it big this year and are by all accounts impressive performers live. Take the chance to see them in an intimate venue whilst you still can.
Saturday 16th January
La Fleche d’Or
Rue de Bagnolet
Les Passages Parisiens de Robert Doisneau
Friday sees the last chance to visit the exhibition of photos of Parisian passageways taken by Robert Doisneau in the 1970s. The exhibition is not a large one (only around 30 photographs) but it is free, and the place in which it is being held has been chosen very deliberately. In 2012, the buildings of the Monnaie de Paris will be opened up to the public as a series of passageways, albeit this time in a metallic and thoroughly modern form!
Monnaie de Paris
11, quai de Conti, M° Pont Neuf
Until Friday 15th, admission free.
Robert Doisneau at the Fondation Cartier-Bresson
As one Doisneau exhibition closes, another begins, this time on a much larger scale. This show features a selection of over 100 photos, covering the period between 1930 and 1966.
2 Impasse Lebouis, 75014 (M° Gaité)
January 13th - April 18th
A Bric a Brac in the 104 Arts Centre
The city authorities were not sure what to do with this immense space, but perhaps they’ve now found an answer. The Emmaüs charity which looks after the poor and homeless across France opened a shop unit in the CENTQUATRE arts centre on Wednesday selling donated second-hand goods such as clothing and furniture. It may be a place to find interesting bargains, but it is also a place where you will be able to donate unwanted or no longer needed goods yourself.
If the 104 is on the wrong side of the city for you, try the original space in a converted car park on the Boulevard Jourdan in the 14th arrondissement which has been running since 2007. The concept, known as Emmaüs Défi, will also be expanding this year, with the charity looking to set up 10 similar stores across the city.
104 rue d'Aubervilliers 75019
Wednesday to Saturday: 3pm - 6pm
Goods can be donated on Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm, or from Wednesday to Saturday from 11am to 6pm