25th edition of the Fête de la Science

fete-de-la-science-credit-photo-FDS-IDF-2016-mediumOrganised by the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, the Fête de la Science is back for its 25th edition, all over France. These are more than 3,000 free events which await young people and adults, among others in the capital. 

In Paris, we dash to the musée du quai Branly to visit the ‘Persona, étrangement humain’ exhibition. Teenagers can attend a route about the ‘enhanced human’. At the Faculté de Médecine de l’Hôpital Bichat, the INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) teams present the medical imaging techniques which have radically transformed the patient care and so, the treatment of pathologies. Workshops, science routes, exhibitions and meetings with teachers and scientists are also scheduled. All these activities are about earth science, philosophy, mathematics or nanotechnology. Thus, there will be something for everyone!



25th edition of the Fête de la Science (in French),
from October 8th to 16th, 2016.
Free activities.


Faculté de Médecine de l’Hôpital Bichat
16, rue Henri Huchard
75018 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 57 27 76 52
Metro: Porte de Saint-Ouen (line 13)



Crédit photo : Fête de la Science – 2016 Edition © FDS IDF 2016


Louis Faurer: Photographing moments of life


Since 1992, American photographer Louis Faurer (1916-2001) hadn’t been the subject of an exhibition in France. It has been sorted out thanks to the Foundation Henri-Cartier Bresson which hosts his work until December 18th, 2016. 

It’s the opportunity to discover the world of this artist who kept photographing New York. He settled in there in 1947 and started to track loneliness in the crowd, identifying himself sometimes with these unknowns he captured in his shots. The retrospective also brings out his different talents. Besides, he tested out by turns fuzziness but also the superposition of negatives, and this because of the night lighting he used a lot. Louis Faurer also worked with leading magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Flair or Glamour. This photo exhibition will delight lovers of these moments of life which seem to be frozen on glossy paper.



Exhibition ‘Louis Faurer’, from September 9th to December 18th, 2016.
Open from Tuesday to Friday and on Sunday from 1pm to 6:30pm, and on Saturday from 11am to 6:45pm.
Full rate: 8 euros / Reduced rate: 4 euros / Free on nocturnal on Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.


Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2, impasse Lebouis
75014 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 56 80 27 00
Metro: Gaîté (line 13).



Crédit photo : Louis Faurer - Exhibition- Louis Faurer - Staten Island Ferry, New York 1946 © Louis Faurer Estate, Courtesy Deborah Bell



Timéo: the musical circus

spectacle-timeo-credit-photo-manuel-moutier-mediumUntil January 8th, 2017, the Casino de Paris hosts the musical ‘Timéo’ thought out by Alex Goude. It produces the portrait and the incredible destiny of Timéo, a little boy in a wheel chair who only dreams of…becoming an acrobat! 

He tries his luck within the Diabolo circus by attending the rehearsals where his idol Melody Swann takes part in it, in order to show that his handicap is not a barrier. But now, the star of the circus is disappeared, and it’s hardly a bed of roses on the circus ring. Timéo will be trying to solve the investigation—and perhaps—will make his dream come true. This show aims to prove that we can live together and that passion and willpower are stronger than anything, being able to silence prejudices. Among the whole troupe, the young performers Benjamin Maytraud and Mathias Raumel are exceptional.




Timéo (in French), from September 16th 2016 to January 8th, 2017.
Rates: from 19 to 84 euros.



Casino de Paris (in French)
16, rue de Clichy
75009 Paris
Reservations: +33 (0) 892 69 89 26
Metro: Liège (line 13) or Gare Saint-Lazare (lines 3, 12, 13 and 14).


Crédit photo : Timéo – Casino de Paris - Anako Gaudin (Madame Tarzanov) and Sylvain Rigault (Monsieur Tarzanov) © Manuel Moutier



Volver at the Théâtre National de Chaillot

volver-credit-photo-jean-louis-fernandez-theatre-national-chaillot-paris-mediumFrom October 6th to 21st 2016, French choreographer Jean-Claude Gallotta and French singer Olivia Ruiz seize Chaillot with their musical named ‘Volver’. This work is largely inspired by the personal life of the singer and tells the beginnings of a young woman gone to the capital to try her luck. 

This creation is the result of a first meeting dating back from 2013 when the two artists met on ‘L’Amour Sorcier’ by Manuel de Falla. After this real artistic revelation, they decided to create together a show where the concept of double culture is evoked, in response to the Spanish backgrounds of the singer. These are both the wealth but also the obstacles of being from two different countries which are here explored. On a side note, 13 songs from four albums by Olivia Ruiz were chosen for Volver. Finally, note that this show provides with English surtitles for the English-speaking tourists passing through Paris!




Show ‘Volver’ by Jean-Claude Gallotta and Olivia Ruiz, from October 6th to 21st, 2016.
Performances at 3:30pm, 7:30pm or 8:30pm according to the dates.
Full rate: 35 euros / Reduced rate: 27 euros / Youth rates: 11 euros and 13 euros.




Théâtre National de Chaillot
1, place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 65 30 00
Metro: Trocadéro (lines 6 and 9) or Iéna (line 9).


Crédit photo : Volver – Théâtre National de Chaillot © Jean-Louis Fernandez



Best places

Achille: Pierre Jancou’s new address


Chef Pierre Jancou, father of Vivant Cave, Racines, Vivant or Crèmerie restaurants has recently opened his new restaurant at the heart of the 11th arrondissement, very nearby to the Place de la Bastille, in a picturesque neighbourhood.  

In this bistro which knew how to preserve its atmosphere of former times (wall bricks, bar, etc.), we discover Swedish Chef Svante Forstop’s creative cuisine, who worked among others at the Deux Amis and Vivant. He cooks a surprising French-Italian cuisine like the mackerel on its bed of sorrel served with button mushrooms and cherries or some smoked eggplant caviar with lemon leaves. Here is another dish you have to succumb to: the courgette adapted in crisps and grated, served with a hazelnut praliné and some cream. As a bonus, it is possible to taste on the spot some natural wines, carefully selected.

Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 7pm to 11pm.
Menu: between 45 and 60 euros.


43, rue Servan
75011 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 48 06 54 59
Metro: Rue Saint-Maur (line 3) or Père-Lachaise (lines 2 and 3).


Crédit photo : Achille – Restaurant © Pierre Jancou

Mamma Primi: the new Italian spot signed by Big Mamma


After East and Ober, Big Mamma group launches its new restaurant, Mamma Primi, in the Batignolles quarter. In a plant decoration thought out by Alexander Evangelou, we discover the ‘Primi Piatti’, these fresh handmade pasta.  

On the menu, tortellinis, gnocchis or capellettis are suggested and we enjoy them with the help of mismatched curtlery unearthed in flea markets of small Calabrian villages. The products used for cooking directly come from Italy, from small producers. Among the specialities, we let us be seduced by the Agnolotti al cacao, some handmade ravioli with lamb and cocoa. Otherwise, there are also the wood-fired pizzas like the Regina Bernard & Bianca, made from mozzarella, mascarpone, cooked ham with herbs, girolle mushrooms, mushroom carpaccio and preserved cherry tomatoes. About wine, the restaurant counts on 150 references of nectars mainly from Tuscany and Piedmont, to be consumed with moderation however!

Open continuously every day.
Dishes from 12 euros.



Mamma Primi
71, rue des Dames
75017 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 47 42 33 31
Metro: Rome (line 2).

Crédit photo : Mamma Primi – Italian Restaurant © Sébastien Pontoizeau

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