June 2010 Paris Events

June 2010 Paris Events

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Musee du LouvreI rode my bicycle across Paris the other day and was reminded of what a true pleasure it is to be alive in such a glorious city! Paris has its own heartbeat, its own soul. If you love Paris as I do, chances are you might even breathe a bit easier when you arrive.

The abundance of culture in Paris and the accessibility of this city’s treasures of art, artists and incredible musicians make my job much more enjoyable when helping clients plan their time in the City of Light. Although you get to look forward to long summer days as the Summer Solstice approaches, you will be well tempted to head indoors this month—because there is definitely a lot on offer!


Opera, Ballet and Theatre Performance

Palais Garnier – www.operagarnier.fr

Kaguyahime – Choreographer Jiri Kylián, June 11th – July 15th

A ballet in the form of traditional Japanese dance interwoven with western music, this ballet is meant to explore moods and emotions that shape our world.

La Petite Danseuse de Degas – Choreographer Patrice Bart  June 26th – July 13th

Bringing Degas’ famous statuettes to life, this ballet brings the infamous Chat de Noir and backstage world of ballet dancers to life before your eyes.

La Donna Del Lago, Conductor Roberto Abbado – June 14th – July 10th

Considered Rossini’s most romantic opera, the story unfolds in Scotland.  However, the true crowd pleaser of this performance will be the return of Juan Diego Florez to the Paris Opéra.  Monsieur Florez has been hailed as the greatest Rossini tenor of our times.


Chatelet Theatre – www.chatelet-theatre.com

Les Miserables – Performed in English – through the month of June, closes July 4th

Les Mis is celebrating 25 years as it rolls into Paris.  There are still incredible seats available for this classic tale of those to dreamed a dream…


Théatre de la Ville – www.theatredelaville-paris.com

Savion Glover, Bare Sounds – June 9th – 13th

Child prodigy tap dancer Savion Glover takes command of the Paris stage with some of the top tap dancers and performers of current day

Ana Laguna & Mikhail Baryshnikov, Three Solos and A Duet – June 15th – 20th

Organised in honour of Les Etés  de la Danse de Paris, two of the greatest icons of dance in modern time perform a piece specially choreographed by Swedish choreographer, Mats Ek.


Opéra Bastille – www.operagarnier.fr

Die Walküre, Conductor Philippe Jordan – through June 29th

This opera is the second of four operas that tell a story called, Der Rings des Nibelungen, this opera highlights what some consider the best of Wagner’s music.  This is a love story in the throws of a doomed hero and the one he believes to be his soul mate.

The Cunning Little Vixen, Conductor Michael Schonwandt – June 25th – July 12th

Said to be inspired by the a cartoon, this opera brings to life the life of the forest.  The story unveils the circle of life as seen through the creatures that live in the forest.

The Paris Choral Society, Choeurs d’Opéra – June 8th and 9th

American Cathedral in Paris – www.americancathedral.org


Art Exhibitions

The Louvre – www.museedulouvre.fr

The Motais de Narbonne Collection – through June 21st

Francois Morellet, L’Esprit d’Escalier – through June 21st

Joseph Kosuth, Neither Appearance Nor Illusion – through December 31st

Méroé, Un Empire sur le Nil – through September 6th


Musée d’Orsay – www.musee-orsay.fr

Crime and Punishment – through June 27th

Meijer de Haan, the Hidden Master – through June 20th

Photography, Not Art – through June 20th


Grand Palais – www.grandpalais.fr

Turner and His Painters – through May 24th

The Way of Tao, Another Way of Being – through July 5th

What the Dinosaurs Ate – through September 1st


Maison Europeenne de la Photographie – www.mep-fr.org

Philippe Perrin, Haut en Court – through June 13th

Mimmo Jodice, Retrospective 1960-2010 – through June 13th

Antoine Poupel, Zingaro – through June 13th

Sérvulo Esmeraldo, Les Excitables – through June 13th

Michale von Graffenried, Outing – through June 13th


Exhibitions opening  June 23rd

Photographie  de la Nouvelle Russie – through August 29th

Anna et Bernhard  Blume – through August 29th

Aki  Kuroda, Cosmogarden New York City – through August 29th

Un Elève de l’Ecole Cantonale d’Art  de Lausanne – through August 29th

Holger Trulzsch – through August 29th


Pinacothèque de Paris – www.pinacotheque.com

Edvard Munch – The Anti-Scream – through July 18th


Musée du Quai Branly – www.quaibranly.fr

The Making of Images – through July 17th

Autres Maitres de l’Inde – through July 18th

10 Years of the Pavillon des Sessions – through July 26th

Fleuve Congo – Opens June 22nd through October 3rd


Musée  Marmottan – www.marmottan.com

Women Painters and Fairs at the Time of Proust, from Madeleine Lemaire to Berthe Morisot

– through June 6th

Centre Georges Pompidou – www.centrepompidou.fr

Dreamlands – through August 9th

Sarkis Passages – through June 21st

Lucian Freud l’Atelier – through July 19th


Institut du Monde Arabe – www.imarabe.org

Orient –Hermès, honouring Leila Menchari – through June 6th


Musée des Arts et Decoratifs – www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

Le Lalanne, honouring Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne – through July 4th

History of Ideal Contemporary Fashion: Volume 70-80 – through October 10th

Animail – through November 30th


Musée  Jacquemart-André – www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com

El Greco – Dalì, The Great Spanish Masters, The Pérez Simón Collection – through August 1st


La Maison Rouge – www.lamaisonrouge.org

Jean de Maximy – opening June 12th through September 26th

Voyage dans ma Tête – opening June 12th through September 26th

Peter Buggenhout – opening June 12th through September 26th


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

Rétrospective Yves Saint Laurent – through August 29th

Au Pays des Musées – opening June 9th – July 18th


Sponte Galerie d’Art – www.sponte.fr

Plasma – sculptures by Sylvano Catti; the comparison of plot, steel and colour


Muséum d’Histoire Natural  du Havre – www.mnhn.fr

Chauves-souris – opening June 15th – October 24th

Très Toucher & Touche Atout – opening June 15th – October 24th


Music Venues – Highlights of April

Salle Pleyel – www.sallepleyel.fr

3, 9, 10, 16, 17   Orchestre de Paris

4, 18   Orchestre de Philharmonique de Radio France

6   Air

7   Orchestre de Lyon

8   Orchestre de Colonne

11  Orchestre de Mozart

14   Rafal Blechaz

22, 23   London Symphony Orchestra

24   Anne Sophie Mutter

28   Avishai Cohen


L’Olympia – www.olympiahall.com

Alan Parsons Project

2 – 4   M

6   Paul Anka

10, 11   Jamie Cullum

15   Michale Bolton

16   Florence and the Machine

24, 25    Norah Jones

26   Willie Nelson

28   Marcus Miller

30   Snoop Dogg


Bercy – www.bercy.fr

Sean PaulMichael Bublé

4, 5   Black Eyed Peas

6   Jay-Z

9   Mark Knopfler

16   Bon Jovi

29   Aerosmith


Le Zenith – www.zenith-paris.com

2, 3   Diam’s

7   Calogero

8   Them Crooked Vultures

9 -12   M

15 – 19   Christopher Mae

23, 24   Jack Johnson

25, 26   David Guetta

27   Generation Moonwalk

28   Nas & Damian ‘JR Gong’ Marley


La Flèche d’Or – www.flechdor.fr (concerts are held here almost nightly)

2   White Hinterland

14   The Hold Steady

20   Jeanne Balibar


Casino de Paris – www.casinodeparis.fr

7   Yaakov Shwekey

11   Michael 4 Ever

18   Jackson Browne

28 – 2 July    Vanessa Paradis


Elysée-Montmartre – www.elyseesmontmartre.com

7   Kyssi Wète

8   Thievery Corporation

10   Clipse

16   UB40

19   Warren

20   The Get Up Kids


Le Grand Rex – www.legrandrex.com

19   Chris Isaak


La Cigale – www.lacigale.fr

Kate NashSophie HungerErik

5   Suarez

8   Gush

9   Cypress Hill

14   Puggy

16   Charlotte Gainsburg

26, 27   Fallenfest


Paris Events in June

La Nuit du Gâteaux – La Maison du Chocolat www.lamaisonduchocolat.com 8, blvd de la Madeleine

3 7:00pm to Midnight Taste different chocolates recently created at the various boutiques of Maison du Chocolat –the tastings are free to expect big crowds!   The other boutiques will be hosting the free tastings from 7 – 9:00pm


Jardin des Tuileries – Jardins, Jardin aux Tuileries  www.jardinsjardin.com

4 – 6 A national celebration of trends in urban gardening comes to life in the Jardin des Tuileries.


Chantilly Hippodrome – www.chantilly-tourisme.com

5.  Gros Chene Trophy – a racing competition of that places 3-year colts and fillies against their elders

6.  Jockey Club Trophy – the “French Derby”

13 Le Prix de Diane – created in 1834 this is the true championship crowning of the best 3-year-old filly


Des Filles en Aiguille – www.desfillesenaiguille.com

8– 13 12:00pm Shop til you drop at this women’s expo featuring designer clothes, home furnishings, etc., all made in France.


Le Grand Feu de Saint Cloud – www.le-grand-feu.com

12   10:00pm “Pyrotechnics in all its excesses” is what this is billed as – the Grand Daddy of all fireworks displays in France


Lunchtime Concerts at Musée d’Orsay – Auditorium Level 2

4   12:30pm Members of the Orchestre de Paris play

15 12:30pm Christian Rivet, Five Preludes for Modern Guitar


Grand Palais

12 – 15 The Russian Year in France This national exhibition showcases the progression of Russian aeronautics, new technologies and culture.


Musée Quai Branly

4 – 6   Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia – Performances in tribute, as well as to meet, the Grand Master of Indian music

9 – 13 Natya – Performances of sacred dances of India from Assam to Orissa


Terrance Gelentner & Chef Diane Anthonissen Present Rendezvous Dimanche

20 Stylish supper with author John Baxter, 7pm start time.  This event is extremely limited and will sell out quickly.  Price is 85.00 Euro to attend.  Reservation enquiries: [email protected]


American Library in Paris – www.americanlibraryinparis.org

Evenings with an Author: Christopher Buckley

9 Evening with an Author: Robert Paxton

16 Evening with an Author: Keri Walsh

23 Evening with an Author: Diane Lake

30 Evening with an Author: Allan Massie


The Village Voice – www.thevillagevoicebookshop.com

A Reading with  Beebe Bahrami, Christine Buckley and Johanna Gohman – The Best Women’s Travel Writers 2010 Lord Gwain Douglas presents:  Oscar Wilde & the Black Douglas

19 Raja Shehadeh, author of Palestinian Walks, Notes on  a Vanishing Landscape – Winner of The Orwell Prize 2008

21 Fete de la Musique – Celebrate the summer solstice with a festival of music all over Paris.  The streets will be filled with music as all of Paris breaks into song.


Lisa Buros

Your Paris Experience – www.yourparisexperience.com

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