Thursday, February 3, 2011

Something for the Weekend (4th – 6th February)

Elles vident leur sac
The mystery of a woman's handbag is the theme of Pierre Klein's (son of William Klein) exhibition which begins on Friday. Alongside photographs of the contents of the handbags are videos of the owners attempting to explain what they keep there and why.
A curiousity worth investigating.

Until March 4th 2011,
Salon du Panthéon,
13, rue Victor Cousin, 75005
Monday to Friday, 12pm - 6.30pm

Paris Avant/Après
Patrice de Moncan, who I spoke to on Invisible Paris, has produced a fascinating book comparing the Paris of 1860 with the Paris of today. If the book is interesting, the exhibition - featuring 50 enlargements of Charles Marville's pictures alongside 50 photos of the same spots taken by Patrice de Moncan's team - promises to be even more alluring.

Until February 24th
Académie d’Architecure

9, place des Vosges – 75004
Open every day from 11am to 7pm, M° Bastille or Saint Paul

Expo Fever
Each weekend at the enormous exhibition centre at the Porte de Versailles you'll regularly find several shows running at the same time. Sometimes this leads to strange encounters, and that may well be the case this weekend. New residents to France may be tempted by the Expat Expo which provides practical (and leisure) information for this target group. Whilst there, they may encounter some strangely dressed individuals at the always very photogenic Paris Manga show.

A sporting weekend
The Six Nations rugby tournament gets underway again this weekend with three matches, one of which is taking place in Paris. This year it is the turn of Scotland to visit the French capital, and to welcome them an association will be organising the 'Ecosse - Montmartre' festival. Tickets for the game – taking place on Saturday at 6pm at the Stade de France – may be difficult to come across, but you may well find some of the atmosphere at this event.

Full details can be found on the official website (
be warned – this site includes bagpipes!)

For those looking for a more exotic sport, try Pelotte Basque. This weekend Paris welcomes the
15eme Open de Pelotte Basque, an event that will see teams from France, Spain, Mexico, and Argentina competing for the trophy. Prepare for something spectacular - as well as being imprinted in the folklore of South West France, the sport - which can be compared to squash - is said to be one of the fastest in the world.

3rd - 5th February
Au Trinquet

8 quai Saint-Exupéry 75016
M° Porte de St Cloud

Xīn nián hǎo
The Chinese year of the rabbit has just begun and will be celebrated in style this weekend. The principal parade will take place on Sunday around the Place d'Italie in the 13th arrondissement, but other similar events are also being organised by Chinese communities in Belleville and the 3rd arrondissement.

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