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Elliott Erwitt at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris: “Personal Best”

Elliott Erwitt at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris: “Personal Best”

This show retraces Elliott Erwitt’s 60-year long career through more than 130 of his favorite photographs, including some rarely seen original prints. A photographer since 1948 and a member of Magnum Photos since 1953, he is a sharp, sometimes mischievous, observer of everyday life. Among his favorite subjects are children, dogs, beaches, politics and celebrities. A witness to the major events of the 20th century, this master of the instant is also a tireless wit, a subtle and poetic humorist whose work combines satire and melancholy. Elliott Erwitt has also made documentary films, some of which can be seen at the video library of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie.”

February 3 - April 4, 2010
Elliott Erwitt at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie
7 Rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
tel: 01.44.78.75.00
Metro: Saint-Paul

Wed-Sun: 11am-8pm
(Ticket window closes at 7.30pm)
Free on Wednesday from 5pm-8pm
Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Sarah Moon at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

Sarah Moon at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.

This exhibition, organized in collaboration with Agarttha Arte, is part of the project entitled “Piedmont: a definition”, an ongoing collection of commissioned work by major photographers. Following on from Alain Fleischer in 2007, William Klein in 2008 and Gabriele Basilico in 2009, Sarah Moon has been given carte blanche to produce an artistic work focusing on the Royal Theatre in Turin. Sarah Moon has created a compelling evocation of this wonderful Theatre, where timeless features of the stage and backstage areas recall the world of Lewis Caroll, tales by Hans Christian Andersen, and Shakespeare’s tragedies.”

February 3 - March 7, 2010
Sarah Moon at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5-7 Rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
tel: 01.44.78.75.00
Metro: Saint-Paul

W-Sun: 11am-8pm (Ticket window closes at 7.30pm)
Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Farmers’ markets in Paris: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th arrondissements.

Farmers’ markets in Paris: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th arrondissements.

There is at least one farmer’s market in each of Paris’ arrondissements. Following is the list of all of them, by arrondissement, from the 1st to the 20th, with their location (see map) and hours. They vary in size and quality, some specialize in organic foods (Marché Brancusi 14th arr., Marché Raspail 6th arr., Marché des Batignolles 17th arr.) while others offer a variety of cooked foods (Marché Baudoyer 4th arr.) and/or ethnic dishes (Marché des Enfants Rouges 3rd arr.)

1st arrondissement
Marché Saint-Honoré
Place du Marché Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris
Metro: Pyramide

W: 12.30pm-8.30pm
Sat: 7am-3pm

Marché Saint-Eustache - Les Halles
Rue Montmartre
between Rue Rambuteau and Rue du Jour
75001 Paris
Metro: Les Halles

Th: 12.30pm-8pm
Sun: 7am-3pm

2nd arrondissement
Marché Bourse
Place de la Bourse
75002 Paris
Metro: Bourse

Tu, F: 12.30pm-8.30pm

3rd arrondissement
Marché des Enfants Rouges
39 Rue de Bretagne or 33 bis Rue Charlot
75003 Paris
Metro: Filles du Calvaire

Tu-Sat: 8.30am-1pm / 4pm-7.30pm (open until 8pm on Friday and Saturday)
Sun: 8.30am-2.30pm

4th arrondissement
Marché Baudoyer
Place Baudoyer
75004 Paris
Metro: Hotel-de-Ville

W: 12.30pm-8.30pm
Sat: 7am-3pm

5th arrondissement
Marché Maubert
Place Maubert
75005 Paris
Metro: Maubert-Mutualité

Tu, Th: 7am-2.30pm
Sat: 7am-3pm

Marché Monge
Place Monge
75005 Paris
Metro: Place Monge

W, F: 7am-2.30pm
Sun: 7am-3pm

Marché Port-Royal
Boulevard de Port-Royal (along the Hôpital du Val de Grâce)
75005 Paris
Metro: Port-Royal

Tu,Th: 7am-2.30pm
Sat: 7am-3pm

Paris’ farmers’ markets: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th arrondissements.

Paris’ farmers’ markets: 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th arrondissements.

Paris’ farmers’ markets: 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th arrondissements.

Alexander Calder at Beaubourg: his Parisian years (1926-1933).

Alexander Calder at Beaubourg: his Parisian years (1926-1933).

During his first five years in Paris, Calder created and showed one of his most important works, the miniature Calder’s Circus. It is back in Paris for the first time since 1970. The figures and objects made for the Circus led Calder to make his first sculptures that used only wire, as seen in his series of animal figures and portraits of well-known personalities (Kiki de Montparnasse, Josephine Baker…) Calder’s encounter with Mondrian lead to a shift in his work: his paintings and wire sculptures turn to abstraction. It is the beginning of his mobiles: linear metal construction, simple geometrical shapes and colored spheres or motifs in sheet metal. Displayed over two levels, this show gathers over 300 sculptures, paintings, drawings, toys, photographs and films. It is the first show to be wholly devoted to Alexander Calder’s years in Paris.

March 18 - July 20, 2009
Alexander Calder at Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris
tel: 01.44.78.12.33
Metro: Rambuteau

M-Sun: 11am-11pm
(Ticket window closes at 10.30pm)
Closed on Tuesday

Pozzetto in Paris: The ice-cream place you’ll go back to even in winter.

Pozzetto in Paris: The ice-cream place you’ll go back to even in winter.

Pozzetto has some of the best pistachio gelato I’ve tried in Paris, it’s made from Sicilian pistachios and absolutely no artificial flavoring. The gelatos and sorbets are made daily for freshness, with the best fresh milk and/or seasonal fruit. There are only 12 flavors at a time, so that each one can be given all the attention it deserves. At Pozzetto they won’t ask you how many scoops you’d like and then charge you by the scoop. Here they do it Italian style: they fill up your cone or cup with a spatula and you can ask for as many flavors as you want!
Pozzetto’s espresso drinks are delicious too. A pleasant surprise in Paris where most espressos will make the inside of your mouth cringe and make you walk around with a contorted facial expression afterward.
What I also like very much about this place is that, you know when you get that craving late in the evening and everything else is closed, well Pozzetto’s there for you!

Pozzetto
39 Rue du Roi de Sicile
75004 Paris
tel: 01.42.77.08.64
Metro: Saint-Paul

21 Rue de Levis
75017 Paris
tel: 01.42.77.08.64
Metro: Villiers

7/7
M: 12pm-11pm
Tues-Sun: 11am-11pm

Le Petit Nicolas: a comic book’s anniversary in Paris.

Le Petit Nicolas: a comic book’s anniversary in Paris.

Fifty years ago, René Goscinny (writer of Asterix and Lucky Luke) and Jean-Jacques Sempé (illustrator) created Le Petit Nicolas. Le Petit Nicolas is a French iconic comic book whose protagonists are main character Nicolas, a nine-year old boy, and his classroom friends. The adventures of Nicolas are told from his point of view and often involve some kind of drama. Le Petit Nicolas exhibition in Paris commemorates the fifty-year anniversary of the comic book, and pays homage to its creators. Over 150 original drawings by Sempé and 10 unseen manuscripts by René Goscinny who died in 1977 are being shown here. At its opening, the exhibit has drawn over 3000 people in two days! It smells like adult nostalgia in Paris. Francophiles will not want to miss this.

March 6 - May 7, 2009
Le Petit Nicolas at the Hotel de Ville de Paris
5 Rue Lobau
75004 Paris
tel: 01.42.76.40.40
Metro: Hotel-de-Ville

M-Sat: 10am-7pm
Closed on Sunday

Pasta Linea: A tiny Italian deli/restaurant in Paris.

Pasta Linea: A tiny Italian deli/restaurant in Paris.

Pasta Linea is tiny in size but grand in many other ways. Owner Silvia Pronzato will welcome you the same way she would welcome a friend and she will make sure that you stay as long as you want. It doesn’t matter that there are only three tables that seat only ten people altogether. If the tables are taken you can get your food to go, there’s a lovely place with benches right around the corner: Place du Marché Sainte Catherine, or Place des Vosges a few blocks away. Everything at Pasta Linea is Italian, the wines, the oils, the cold cuts, the stone-ground flour used for the homemade fresh pasta, ravioli or lasagna, everything except the bread. Main dishes are about 12€ (7€ to go). If there is no bread left for sandwiches (6€ to go) she may suggest that you go get your own, bring it back, and will take it off the price of the sandwich. The antipasti plate (12€, or 7€ to go) is a combination of roquette, sundried tomatoes, mozzarella di bufalo, cucumbers, lentil salad, small onions soaked in balsamic vinegar, carrot salad, baby artichoke hearts, red peppers, eggplant and zucchini…It’s one of my favorite joints for a late lunch where you can walk in and be sure to find an open table—the joys of good restaurants that serve all day.

Pasta Linea
9 Rue de Turenne
75004 Paris
tel: 01.42.77.62.54
Metro: Saint-Paul

Tu-F: 12pm-7.30pm
Sat-Sun: 12pm-7pm
Closed on Monday

IZRAEL in Paris: spices, condiments, olives, dried fruit…

IZRAEL in Paris: spices, condiments, olives, dried fruit…

Located behind Paris’ town hall, l’ Hotel-de-Ville, IZRAEL is like Ali Baba’s cave, a place full of culinary treasures. Spices, condiments, olives, pickled dills, dried fruits and nuts, canned goods, teas, liquors… IZRAEL sells food from the five continents. Some of their goods are really hard to find in Paris and finding out whether the store carried spicy paprika wasn’t a sufficient reason for me to go there - to my delight it turns out I can find both Patrón tequila and pimentón picante.

IZRAEL
30 Rue François Miron
75004 Paris
tel: 01.42.72.66.23
Metro: Hotel-de-Ville

Tu-F: 9.30am-1pm / 2.30pm-7pm
Sat: 9am-7pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday