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Macbeth

  • Rated as: 4/5

In the Shakespearian canon, ‘Macbeth’ is not one of the Bard’s cheerier outings: assassinations, baths of blood, treachery, madness, witches and ghosts. Yes, with ‘Macbeth’, you get a lot for your money. For this dramatization, the murderous couple have been put in the hands of Ariane Mnouchkine and her theatre du Soleil, with an

  1. Cartoucheries De Vincennes (Théàtre Du Soleil) Route du Champ de Manoeuvre, Bois de Vincennes, 12e
  2. Wed Oct 8 - Wed Dec 31
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Tiki Pop

  • Rated as: 3/5

Starting with Gauguin's paintings and London and Stevenson's stories, an idealised vision of the southern seas stretches from the 1930s right up to modern American music and cinema. Saturated with easy living, sun and beautiful half-naked women, this fantasy also helped a post-war America find a cathartic antidote to the trauma of fighting against

  1. Musée du Quai Branly 37 quai Branly, 7e
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
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NordMarais

  • Rated as: 4/5

It may look like just another trendy bar in an increasingly trendy neighbourhood of Paris, but NordMarais (or NoMa, if you want to shorten it to appear trendily in-the-know) is more than just a pretty face. NoMa opened its doors in 2013 and has now become a haven between the busy thoroughfares of République and Strasbourg Saint-Denis for a young

  1. 39 rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth, 3e
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Les Borgia et leur temps

Amid all the internecine slaughter and incestuous sex, the Borgias occasionally took time out to commission some art. Given that chroniclers of the family, from Victor Hugo to Tom Fontana (creator of the hit Canal+ show 'Borgia'), tend to hone in on their less salubrious pursuits, it's easy to forget that the Renaissance statesmen patronised some

  1. Musée Maillol 61 rue de Grenelle, 7e
  2. Wed Sep 17 - Sat Feb 14
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La Terrasse

  • Free

The western suburb of Nanterre is known for its banks, insurance agencies and fast food outlets, but hardly for its art scene. Yet despite (or because of?) the local dearth of cultural hotspots, this is precisely the site that the team behind the Villa des Tourelles gallery has picked for its new venture. An isolated patch of lawn situated

  1. 57 boulevard de Pesaro, 92000
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Avec et sans peinture

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Critics choice

Over the course of the last century, photography and cinema dealt painting a blow without quite managing to kill it off. Now, at a time when the likes of Gerhard Richter model paintings on photos and Bill Viola effectively builds canvases from video, there's a strong case to be made for the renaissance of painting – albeit as one element in a

  1. MAC/VAL Place de la Libération, 94404
  2. Until Mon Jan 5
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Scènes d'été 2014

  • Free

For better or worse, there's so much going on in the Parc de la Villette that it's often hard to know where to start exploring. The buzz of activity continues throughout the summer with a bumper programme of estival events every weekend. As in previous years, the Scènes d'été place an emphasis on world cultures: each weekend is themed around a

  1. Parc de la Villette Avenue Corentin Cariou, 19e
  2. Until Sun Aug 24
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La plage du Batofar

Bask in the sun by the Seine every day until late September Summer in Paris can be a real bitch. But it can also be a beach (albeit not a real one), thanks to the concerted efforts of a few riverside venues. Every year, the Batofar installs a 'pop-up beach' (a hipster extravagance if ever we heard one) along its stretch of the quay; the

Tholoniat

  • Price band: 1/4

In business since either 1938 or the 19th century (nobody's quite sure), this patisserie-cum-chocolate shop in any case has an old-fashioned rustic charm to it. No concessions to fashion or contemporary food trends (lovers of organic need not apply); at Tholoniat, the action happens in the kitchen, whence impossibly crisp baguettes and

  1. 47 rue du Château d'Eau, 10e
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Alter Paname

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

It's official: the party is moving to the banlieue. With central Paris afflicted by increasingly draconian sound regulations, ravers have been staging a steady exodus to the suburbs, where there's a whole lot more space and far fewer sleep-deprived neighbours to complain about the noise. The movement's been spearheaded by the likes of the 6B, as

  1. 97 rue de Paris, 93000
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Philippe Ramette at Galeries Lafayette

See the legendary store with new eyes during a gravity-defying installation under the famous dome, August 14-30

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