Jacques Brel Opens for Edith Piaf

Jacques Brel opening for Edith Piaf? It sounds like the concert that dreams are made of. And it’s actually taking place as two talented performers, Patricia Kaas and Olivier Laurent, bring the past to life on a Franco-Belgian tour from Feb. 12 to April 19, 2013.

The Art of Punching, Kissing and Lunching: Monet, Renoir and the Impressionist Island near...

From the Orsay Museum to Impressionist Island in the suburb of Paris, a view of Impressionism both indoors and out. Featuring Monet, Renoir and a couple of art vandals.

The Spirits of Deco Past: Searching for Life in the Museum of Decorative Arts

The more I bone up on the names of great French cabinetmakers, ponder the decorative needs of French nobility, and peruse catalogues and press kits, the more I appreciate the precious objects of the Museum of Decorative Arts. But my attention is waning, quickly.

Spotlight on the National and Religious Cultural Centers of Paris

Paris beyond French culture: a look at the Irish, British, Swedish, Russian and Polish cultural centers and other national and religious centers throughout the capital.

Off-Beat Touring: Paris Hospitals and Medical Museums, Part 1

Paris has a rich if sometimes horrific hospital and medical heritage. Hitting the medical trails of the capital allows the off-beat traveler to encounter peaceful courtyards, beautiful chapels, a magnificent crypt, troubling and enlightening history and much medical knowledge along the way.

The Fall 2011 Schedule of Major Art Exhibitions in Paris, a Ritual of Redemption

Wearing the last vestiges of their summer tan, Parisians re-enter the hallow grounds of the Louvre, the Grand Palais, the Orsay and other such temples of culture and art.

Van Gogh and Zadkine in Auvers-sur-Oise: Is There Anything to See?

“There’s nothing to see here,” he says before we enter room #5 at the Auberge Ravoux, the inn where Vincent Van Gogh lived and...

La Toilette: The Invention of Privacy

In a delightfully exhibitionistic exhibition running February 12-July 5, 2015, Paris's Marmottan-Monet Museum examines French personal hygiene (and lack of) through the ages. (Spoiler alert: Lots of dirty pictures!)

Street Art: Gilles Sacksick, the Animal Painter… and Artist

A photo vignette about street art and scaffolding covers, featuring animals at the National Veterinary School in Maisons-Alforts, a wall painted with attitude in Paris's 10th arrondissement and the capital's historical judicial complex where, sadly, everyone is now sentenced to Life.

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