Marcel Duchamp Show Opens at the Pompidou Center

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Opening today at the Musee d’Art Moderne in Paris’s Pompidou Center is a fantastic new show highlighting works by French/American artist Marcel Duchamp titled “Marcel Duchamp. La Peinture, Meme.” Duchamp, who lived from 1887 to 1968, has been described as both the father of contemporary art and one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. However, the artist and his works are less well known in France than in other countries (particularly in America), and the new Paris show aims to introduce Duchamp to both the French and to international tourists visiting the City of Light. Continue Reading →

Fete de l’Humanite: Music, Humanism and Activism

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This weekend in Paris—well, just outside the city, in the northern suburb of La Courneuve—is an annual event that many dub the French version of Woodstock due to its focus on music, humanism and activism. Called Fete de l’Humanite (Festival of Humanity), the three-day gathering is known mostly for its series of folk, rock and pop music performances. But over the decades, the annual September gathering has grown to include political debates, candidate presentations, calls to action, political organizing seminars and much more aimed at advancing the goals of humanism and equality, both in France and around the world. Continue Reading →

Quintessentially French Dining On the Ile Saint-Louis

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Parisians and tourists alike have a love affair with the Ile Saint-Louis, the tiny sister island and next-door neighbor to the larger Ile de la Cite that marks the geographic center of Paris. To add to your quintessentially Parisian experience while strolling the island, be sure to stop in for lunch or dinner at the charming bistro L’Auberge de la Reine Blanche. This quaint eatery looks every bit as a Parisian bistro should—timeworn tables packed tightly together, oil paintings and copper cookware hanging on the walls, romantic lighting overhead and a gorgeous antique oak bar overlooking the entire scene. Best of all, the food is superb. Continue Reading →

Figaroscope Picks the Best Pain au Chocolat in Paris

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Figaroscope, a weekly insert in the French newspaper Le Figaro that focuses on food, art, theater, music and entertainment in the City of Light, just conducted one of its famous taste tests to determine which Parisian patisserie/boulangerie serves the very best pain au chocolat. And the winner is … Continue Reading →