January 2011 Paris Events

January 2011 Paris Events

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louvre at nightHappy New Year to you all! As 2010 comes to a close I would like to wish each and every one reading this column and sending in great emails throughout the year a fantastic 2011! It is a pleasure to put the Events together and share all the happenings with you each month.

If you are headed to Paris in January, or lucky enough to live here already but have been stifled getting tickets to the Monet exhibit at the Grand Palais, you are in luck! The Grand Palais will remain open and operating 24 hours a day from 9am on Friday, January 21st, to 9pm on Monday, January 24th. Currently this show is not being extended so I can think of nothing more lovely than a fabulous dinner, a lovely bottle of wine and a bit of Monet for dessert!

Again, a sincere thank you to all of you and may our paths cross in the coming year!

Opera, Ballet and Theatre Performance

Palais Garnier

Caligua, Choreographer Nicolas Le Riche – January 31st through February 24th

Created for the Opera Garnier in 2005 by Nicolas Le Riche, this ballet in five acts is danced to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Giulio Césare, Conductor Emmanuelle Haim, January 17th – February 17th

Handel’s opera, set in Egypt 48 B.C., is the consummate Italian tragedy with themes of warfare, love and betrayal.

Opéra Bastille

Swan Lake, Choreographer Rudolf Nureyev, through January 5th

Tchaikovsky’s first and most famous ballet takes the Opera Garnier through the holiday season. The show runs through January 5th.

Le Nozze de Figaro – Conductor Philippe Jordan (A) and Dan Ettinger (B), through June 11th

An opera buffa in four acts, this is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at his best.

Madame Butterfly, Conductor Maurizio Benini, January 16th through February 14th

A Japanese setting at the turn of the century, this opera tells the story of an American lieutenant and his young Japanese bride. This opera is considered to be one of Puccini’s most beautiful.

Francesca da Rimini, Conductor Daniel Oren , January 31st through February 21st

The best known work of Riccardo Zandonai, this opera is considered to be one of the best works of the early 20th century.

Le Zénith

The National Russian Ballet of Moscow dances Sleeping Beauty, January 8th & 9th only


Art Exhibitions in January

The Louvre

Paper Museums, through January 3rd

Counterpoint, Contemporary Russian Art, through January 31st

The Louvre in the Age of Enlightenment, through February 7th

Antiquity Rediscovered – Innovation and Resistance in the 18th Century, through February 14th

Musée d’Orsay

Jean Léon Gérôme, through January 23rd

All Collectors!, through January 30th

Grand Palais

Claud Monet, Les Galéries Nationale du Grand Palais, through January 24th

Bulgari 125 Years of Italian Splendor, through January 12th

France 1500, the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, through January 10th

Fencing, Swords and Keys Science, through January 9th

Alliances Marines, Le Palais de la Découverte, through January 23rd

Musée du Quai Branly

Le Fabrique des Images, through July 17th

Baba Bling, through January 30th

Dans les Blanc des Yeux, through January 9th

Lapita, Ancêtres Océaniens, through January 9th

Musée Marmottan

Monet son Musée, through February 20th

Centre Georges Pompidou

Nancy Spero, through January 10th

Mondrian, through March 21st

Gabriel Orozco, through January 3rd

Saadane Afif, through January 3rd

Arman, through January 10th

L’Aventure des Objets, through January 10th

Musée des Arts Decoratifs

Mobi Boom, Explosion of l’Explosion du Design en France, 1945-1975, through January 2nd

Circuit Céramique: La Scène Française Contemporaine, through February 20th

Les Années 1990-2000 History of Contemporary Fashion, through May 8th

Vilac, 100 Years of Wooden Toys, through May 8th

Animal, through November 30th

Musée Jacquemart-André

Rubens, Poussin et les Peintres du XVII Siècle, through January 24th

La Maison Rouge

Les Recherches d’un Chien, through January 16th

La Cinémathèque Francaise

Blonde Brune, through January 16th

Petit Palais -Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris

Reporters sans Frontières, through February 27th

Giuseppe de Nittis, through January 16th

Everdingen, through March 27th

Musée Maillol

Trésor des Médicis, through February 13th

Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle

Invisible, Zoom sur le Plancton, through January 2nd

Dans l’Ombres des Dinosaures, through February 14th

Natura Maxima, through January 30th

Science and Curiosity at the Court of Versailles, through February 27th

In the Wake of Sharks, through May 8th

Foundation Cartier

Moebius-Transe-Forme, through March 13th

Musée Rodin

Henry Moore, The Studio Sculptures and Drawings, through February 27th

Monet-Rodin, Just the Two of Us, through January  30th

Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Larry Clark, Kiss the Past Hello, through January 2nd

Didier Marcel, Sommes-Nous l’élégance, through January 2nd

Basquiat, through January 30th

Musée des Arts et Metiers

MuseoGames,  A History to be Replayed, through March 13th

Musée Guimet

Kazakhstan, Men, Beasts and Gods of the Steppe, through January 31st

Costume d’Enfants, Miroir des Grands, through January 24th

Au Jardin de Krishna Riboud, through January 24th

Chen Zhen, through February 14th

Espace Culturele Louis Vuitton

Qui es-tu Peter?, through January 9th

Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent

David Hockney: Fleurs Fraîches, through January 30th

Australian Embassy  / 4, rue Jean Rois, Paris 15th

Dennis Nona, Entre Ciel, Terre et Mer, ou le Mythe Revisité, opens January 27th through May 20th

Institut Finlandais

La Visite d’Emmanuelle Blanc, through January 12th

Architecture Ecologique en Bois, through January 12th


Music Venues – Highlights of January


19 – 21   Lady Gaga

24   Usher

Salle Pleyel

5, 6, 12, 13    Orchestre de Paris

7, 14, 28, 29   Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

9   Michel Portel Sextet

15   Le Concert des Nations

18, 19   Chamber Orchestra of Europe

21   Patti Smith and Philip Glass

22   Patti Smith plays Horses

23   Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France

27   Ivan Moravek

29   Czech Philharmonic Orchestre

30   Le Concerto Grosso

30, 31   Los Angeles Philharmonic



1, 2   Scooby Doo and the Phantom Pirates

1   Laurent Gerra

8, 9   Veronique Dicaire

13 – 16   Michel Sardou

17, 18   Otis & James

19 – 23   Michel Sardou

24, 25   Plus si Affinites

26 – 30   Michel Sardou


La Maroquinerie

11   Tennis

14   Scale, The Agency, Sourya

18   Radiosofa

19   June & Lula

23   Wakey!  Wakey!

26   This is the Hello Monster

28   Green Vaughan, Lena Deluxe, Cercueil, Jonaz

29    Bastien Lallemant


Le Zénith

1   Fally

8, 9   Russian Ballet Company of Moscow

14    The Chemical Brothers

15   Maroc Festival

21   Drake

22   TNA Wrestling Tour

25 – 30  Thriller Live


Casino de Paris

7 – 9   Talents Guadeloupe

12   The Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestre

15 – 17 Gerald Dehan

27 – 29   Fabrice Eboue



11   Helloween

14   We Are the 90’s

15   Innovation in Paris #2

16   Les Dimanche à Elysée

18   Accept

22   Le Bal de l’Elysée Montmartre

23   MUCC

29   Murderdolls


La Cigale

10 – 19   Paris-Buenos Aires de José Castro

20   Tiken Jah Fakoly

21   Souad Massi

26 – 29   Yael Naim


Jazz Concert – Grand Foyer du Chatelet

15   Soirée Classique – Ali Hirèche and Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter


Paris Events in January

The Festival of Kings

3 Parisian patisseries will celebrate the Fête des Rois with special pastries known as “galettes des rois

The New York Comedy Night at Pranzo

7 Every Friday night is open mic night (in English) for comedy at Pranzo.  Show starts at 9pm

25th Annual Randonnée du Rallye Tour Eiffel

8 Start off at the Eiffel Tower with one of three proposed distances to walk.  The walk starts at 3pm.

Paris Dog Show

8, 9   Come to catch the Best in Show at the Parc Floral

Paris Fashion Week

20 – 27 A week of haute couture, ready-to-wear and men’s fashion takes over the City of Light

International Circus Festival of Tomorrow

27 – 30   Bringing together artists from cities all over the world to compete for the prize of Cirque de l’Avenir

Bercy Modern Art Fair

27 – 30   Join the thousands of people who will visit Bercy to stroll through and browse the many works of art on offer

American Library in Paris

12 Evenings with an Author: Annie Cohen-Solal

19 Evenings with an Author: Susan Tiberghien

Village Voice Bookshop

11 Dan Chaon reads from his novel Await Your Reply – 7pm

13 Thomas Gladysz reads from his new book The Diary of a Lost Girl – 7pm

27 Fatima Bhutto reads from her memoir Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir 7pm

Shakespeare and Company

3 A selection of readings by Michel Deguy, Katherine Gallagher, Patrick Chapman, Adam Biles, Philip Wilson and Rufo Quintavalle to launch the lastest edition of Chimera /Chimère


Lisa Buros-Hutchins

Your Paris Experience


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