October 2010 Paris Events


Louvre at nightOctober in Paris offers more than just a unique place to spend Halloween. The trees will start to change colour and with this the fall season follows as you walk along the Seine in the rustling leaves.  You can warm up a bit indoors as you stroll from point A to point B checking out all of the great offerings the City of Light has for you this month!

Opera, Ballet and Theatre Performance

Palais Garnierwww.operagarnier.fr

Roland Petit– Choreographer Roland Petit, through October 9th

Three ballets highlighting the Tour de Force of French choreographer, Roland Petit.

L’Italiana in Algeri – Conductor Maurizio Benini, through October 8th

The Italian Girl in Algiers, said to be written by Rossini at age 21, is considered a comedic and light opera.

Pacquita – Choreographer Pierre Lacotte, opens October 18th

This ballet is set in Napoleonic Spain and tells the story of Pacquita, a young girl raised by gypsies only to realise she is of noble birth in the end and able to marry the man of her dreams.

Opéra Bastillewww.operagarnier.fr

Der Fliegende Holländer, Conductor Peter Schneider, through October 9th

The Flying Dutchman is Wagner’s first masterpiece based upon the folklore of a ghost ship doomed to sail the seas forever.  An opera in three acts, Wagner was inspired to write this opera after a particularly stormy sea crossing.

Eugene Onegin, Conductor Vasily Petrenko, through October 11th

This opera is a well-known example of lyric opera, based on the novel in verse by Alexander Pushkin, with music by Tchaikovsky.

Il Trittico, Conductor Philippe Jordan, opens October 4th

Puccini’s rarely performed masterpiece comes to life on stage. Il Trittico is an opera in three acts.

Le Nozzie de Figaro, Conductor Philippe Jordan (A) / Dan Ettinger (B)

The Marriage of Figaro is an opera buffa (comedic opera) in four acts and one of Mozart’s most successful works.

Art Exhibitions

The Louvre – www.museedulouvre.fr

Contemporary Art – William Ketridge at the Louvre, through October 11th

Antoine Watteau and the Art of Engraving, through October 11th

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


Musée d’Orsay – www.musee-orsay.fr

Everyone is a Collector, through November 30th

Jean Léon Gérôme, opens October 19th


Grand Palais – www.grandpalais.fr

Claude Monet, Les Galéries Nationales du Grand Palais, through January 2011

Alliances Marines, Le Palais de la Découverte, through January 2011

Musée du Quai Branly – www.quaibranly.fr

Fleuve Congo, through October 3rd

Le Fabrique des Images, through July 17th 2011

Musée Marmottan – www.marmottan.com

Monet son Musée, opens October 7th


Centre Georges Pompidou – www.centrepompidou.fr

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 – www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

History of Ideal Contemporary Fashion, Volume 1: 70-80, through October 10th

Animail, through November 30th


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

Rubins, Poussin et les Peintres du XVII Siècle, through January 24th 2011


La Maison Rouge – www.lamaisonrouge.org

Les Recherches d’un Chien, opens October 23rd


Petit Palais-Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris – www.petitpalais.paris.fr

Reporters sans Frontières, through February 27th


Centre Nationale du Costume de Scène – www.cncs.fr

Vestiaire de Divas de Maria Callas à Dalida, through December 31st


Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle – www.mnhn.fr

Invisible, Zoom sur le Plancton, through January 2nd 2011

Dans l’Ombres des Dinosaures, through February 14th 2011

Foundation Cartier – www.foundation.cartier.com

Moebius-Transe-Forme, opens October 12th through March 13th 2011

Musée Guimet – www.guimet.fr

Rashid Rana, Perpétuel Paradoxe, through November 15th

Chen Zhen, through December 13th

Costume d’Enfants, Miroir des Grands, opens October 20th through January 24th 2011

Au Jardin de Krishna Riboud, opens October 20th through January 24th 2011

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

Chauves-souris – through October 24th

Très Toucher & Touche Atout, through October 24th


Music Venues – Highlights of October

Salle Pleyel – www.sallepleyel.fr

2   Henri Texier and Friends

4   Orientarias – Rima Tawil

5   Elina Garanca / Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

6, 7, 13   Orchestre de Paris

8, 15   Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

10   Ballet Royal du Cambodge

16, 17   Eric Le Sage

17   Orchestre Colonne

18   Orchestre Gulbenkian

19   Orchestre National d’Ile de France

20   Lucerne Festival Orchestre

22    Concert Lyrique Exceptionnel

23    Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique

26   Thomas Quasthoff

28    Youssou Ndour

29    McCoy Tyner Quartet

30    Goran Bregovic


L’Olympia – www.olympiahall.com

1-3   Franck Dubosc

4   Nolwenn Leroy

5-10  Franck Dubosc

11   Jeff Beck

12-17   Franck Dubosc

19-23   Eddy Mitchell

24, 25   Katie Melua

26-30   Eddy Mitchell

31   Ray Davies


Bercy – www.bercy.fr

12   Santana

16   ZZ Top

18   Supertramp

20, 21   Christophe Mae

22, 23    Lady Gaga

25   Linkin Park

27   Michael Bublé

28   Supertramp

30    Starfloor


La Maroquinerie – www.lamaroquinerie.fr

4   Black Mountain

5   Needtobreathe

6   Brune + Jerome van Den Hole

7   Misteur Valaire

9   Stevy Mahy

11   The Black Box Revelation

12   Mystery Jets

13   Shout Out Louds

14   Sly Johnson

15   Asaf Av idan & The Mojos

16   Red Sparrows, Head of Wantastique, Monno & Gnaw

18   Babx

24   I am Kloot

25   Knut, Shining, Crankset & Comity

26   Agnès Bihl

27   The Tellers, Eté67 & Dez Mona

28   Lali Puna

29   Daby Touré vs Okou

30   Lab

31   Archie Bronson Outfit


Le Zénith – www.zenith-paris.com

3   Daddy Yankee

5   Orange Rockcorps

9   Felix Wazeka

10   Joe Cocker

11   Kool and the Gang

12   AHA

13   Hocus Pocus

14   Steve Miller Band

15   Eiffel

17   Keith Sweat & Joe

18   Jacques Higelin

22   Chon Ke Choun


Casino de Paris – www.casinodeparis.fr

STOMP, through October 17th

Rock the Ballet, October 19th – 31st


Elysées-Montmartre – www.elyseesmontmartre.com

8   The Cat Empire

9   Pendulum Live

10   Anathema

27   Black Milk

28   Epica

30   Imperial Never Say Die Festival


La Cigale – www.lacigale.fr

Cabaret Flameka, through October 3rd

4   Fiction Plane

5   Carmen Consoli

7   Of Montreal

8   Joe Jackson

13   The Swell Season

14   John Mayall

15    Beat Assailant

16   Beast – Skip the Use

18-20    Le Compte de Bouldera

22   Serge Jorge and Almaz

25, 26   Joe Satriani

27   Joyce Jonathan

28   Anne Ducros

29   Sharon Jones

30   Crystal Castles



Paris Events in October

Nuit Blanche – www.nuitblanche.paris.fr

2 The City of Light does not sleep during Nuit Blanche, an annual all-night festival where many museums and shows are open all night.

Grand Palaiswww.grandpalais.fr

9 Second Electro Night at the Grand Palais – join the expected 8,000 people for a night of dance on the conceptual dance floor.

New York Artist Vincent Gagliostrowww.gagliostro.com

21 October through 22nd November – New York artist Vincent Gagliostro exhibits his new installation at Galerie NeC at 20, rue des Coutures Saint-Gervais – 3rd arrondissment

American Library in Paris – www.americanlibraryinparis.org

6 Evening with an Author, Jonathan Fenby

13 Evening with an Author, Melinda Bau

20 Evening with an Author, Thomas Kennedy


Village Voice Bookshop – www.villagevoicebookshop.com

14 C.K. Williams reads from Wait

15 Susan Vreeland reads from Luncheon of the Boating Party


Shakespeare and Company – www.shakespeareandcompany.com

3 Leigh Hobbs signs his book Mr. Chicken Goes to Paris

18 British journalists Ed Howker and Shiv Malik discuss The Jilted Generation

21 Premier screening of Fabrizio Polpettini’s short film The Houses There Wear Verandahs Out of Shyness

25 Thomas Kennedy reads from In the Company of Angels

29 WORD – the first open mic/slam/improvisation upstairs


Jazz Concert – Grand Foyer du Chatelet – www.chatelet-theatre.com

29 Bobo Moreno Trio, Blue Lotus Trio, Tricia Evy and Xavier Richardeau – 7:30pm


Lisa Buros

Your Paris Experience – www.yourparisexperience.com

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