American still life

new-frontierThe Louvre museum exhibition New Frontier IV: Fastes et fragments (“Pomp and fragments”) is the fourth and final part of the New Frontier cycle, which retraces the development of genre painting in the United States.

This retrospective illustrates the evolution of the still life painting during the 19th century. Overshadowed by the landscape and portrait genres, still life painting remained a quite secluded genre in the United States. Throughout a selection of masterpieces retracing the birth of this art, visitors will discover the work of pioneers of the genre, such as Raphaelle Peale (1774-1825). The artist built a name for himself by focusing his work on objects taken from the American agricultural life – like sweetcorn and cantaloupe melon. At first very sober and direct, the American still life painting evolved thanks to artists influenced by the Dutch Golden Age like Martin Johnson Heade (1819-1904) and his elegant symbolism or William Harnett (1848-1892) and his more subversive trompe l’œil style.




From February 5th to April 27th 2015
New Frontier IV : Fastes et fragments. Aux origines de la nature morte américaine.
Le Louvre
Pyramide du Louvre
Cour Napoléon. 1st district of Paris.
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 20 50 50

Over the Cloud: contemporary circus show

over-the-cloudOver the Cloud is the 26th graduating class’ end of the year show of the Centre national des arts du cirque (National centre for circus arts).

Under the direction of Jérôme Thomas, 11 students will perform in the circus ring. The central theme of this contemporary circus show is walking, a common physical activity that often leads to collective movements. Here, the young artists are constantly moving together, as if searching for a group identity. Spectators will admire no less than seven circus skills: corde lisse, tightrope walking, aerial silk, hand to hand, teeterboard, Cyr wheel and slackwire.


Over the Cloud, from January 28th to February 22nd 2015
Show at 8pm on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; at 7:30pm on Thursday and at 4pm on Sunday.
Full rate: €20 / Reduced rate: €16



La Villette / Espace Chapiteaux
Quai de la Charente, 75019 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Métro : Porte de la Villette (line 7 et Tramway line T3b).

Three different ways to approach contemporary ballet

paulContemporary ballet amateurs will be delighted to learn that the Opéra Garnier has prepared a three pieces programme, all created specifically for the Opera Ballet.

With his ballet Répliques, Nicolas Paul tackles the themes of duality and reflection around a dialogue with Ligeti’s rich and contrasted music; in AndréAuria, Édouard Lock uses the points technique to challenge the limits of speed and balance, pushing his interprets almost beyond control to echo David Lang’s minimalist music. Finally, the multi-talented Pierre Rigal, a former high-level athlete who studied cinema and mathematics and is particularly fond of the hip-hop and circus cultures, is presenting his very first choreography for the Ballet de l’Opéra, accompanied by the musician Joan Cambon. His creation, entitled Salut, is an intimate score where dynamic phases are intermingled with movements of breach. In addition of these three ballets, the master Benjamin Millepied presents Together Alone, a custom-made pas de deux for Aurélie Dupont and Hervé Moreau accompanied by Philip Glass’ music.





Paul / Rigal / Lock, from February 3rd to 20th 2015
Palais Garnier - Opéra national de Paris
8 rue Scribe. 9th district of Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 71 25 24 23

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Le Club du Cercle: starred restaurant in the heart of Paris

restaurant-le-club-du-cercle-de-parisLe Club du Cercle is a luxurious place decorated like a 19th century boudoir founded by a group of Parisian writers who fancied a unique literary club.

They fulfilled their dream by creating this hybrid place where people can have dinner and drinks, as well as read and talk about literature. Since September 2014, le Cercle is honouring the “repas gastronomique des français” (French cuisine), which was declared World Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, by giving carte blanche to starred chefs.


A kitchen run by starred chefs
Among the famous chefs le Cercle hosts are Matthieu Dupuis, Head Chef at la Maison Troisgros (3 stars) and Gérard Cagna, former Chef and owner of the “Relais Sainte Cécile” (2 stars). These artists of gastronomy run the restaurant during at least 15 days, up to a month. From January 27th to February 14th 2015, it’s the turn of young Chef Giovanni Passerini to run the kitchen; he formerly won the 2011 Fooding Guide Award for Best Original Bistro at Rino. His authentic menu offers a range of five dishes for 66 euros (drinks not included), giving guests a perfect opportunity to try out his cuisine before he opens his new restaurant in the French capital.



Extra : La Mezzanine du Cercle, where customers can enjoy Alain Duquesne's surprising cocktails.
Single menu: from €40 to €90.
Open tuesday to saturday.
La Mezzanine du Cercle is open from 6pm to 2am.


Le Club du Cercle (in French)
6, rue Etienne Marcel
75002 Paris
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 36 98 57
Métro : Etienne Marcel (line 4).

Zebulon: the new trendy restaurant at Palais-Royal

zebulonJean-Marie Fréchet, Laurent Fréchet and Thomas Chaput, founders of the Pirouette, opened their second restaurant mid-December in Paris: Zebulon Palais-Royal, which is just around the corner of the Comédie-Française.

The atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxed and intimate thanks to its wooden decor, its piano and wine library made of solid oak. The kitchen is run by young Chef Yannick Lahopgnou, who perfected his talent at the Meurice and in Japan. He uses spices very subtly and prepares colourful dishes, often decorated with delicious flowers. Among the divine dishes on the menu: sea bream cooked at low-temperature with persimmon, endive leaves and toasted sesame seeds; venison loin with eleven different spices, served with Anna potatoes and celery, followed by desserts such as chocolate pie, Yozu jam and pepper ice cream.


We particularly enjoy : Zebulon’s wonderful wine list that offers more than 140 references oriented towards the Bourgogne and Rhône regions, and includes some organic and natural wines.



Open every day, except on Sunday, from noon to 2pm and from 7:30pm to 10pm.
Lunch menu (starter and main course of the day): €20.
“A la carte” formula (starter + main course + dessert): €45


Zebulon Palais Royal
10, rue de Richelieu, 75 001PARIS
Tél. : +33 (0)1 42 36 49 44
Métro : Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (lines 1 et 7).

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