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Read on for our guide to the week's coolest events and most interesting venues. If you manage to tick off all ten, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events, nightlife, and whatever else Paris manages to think up before our next Hot List is published on Monday.

The best things to see and do in Paris this week

Gig • Joshua Redman Quartet

After spending a few years focused on collaborations with the Bad Plus and his James Farm bandmates, saxophone star Joshua Redman hits the town for a night's worth of proper headlining gigs. While you may hear pieces from last year's sumptuous, string-bathed Walking Shadows, Redman performs here with a stripped-down four-piece, featuring his late-nineties–early-noughties sidemen Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson on piano, bass and drums, respectively...

  1. Parc Floral de Paris Route de la Pyramide, 12e
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Cinema • En Plein Air

Outdoor movie going at its finest, with international films screened for free at sundown in Parc de la Villette, the cutting edge architectural, music and art hub that's a big part of the recent buzz around north-eastern Paris. It's the 24th edition of the festival and this time all of the films are based around one chosen theme, which this year is adolescence. You can expect classics ('Lolita' by Stanley Kubrick, 'Carrie' by Brian de Palma) to be screened alongside comedies (Cédric Klapisch's 'Chacun cherche son chat', Riad Sattouf's 'Les Beaux Gosses' and George Lucas' 'American Graffiti')...

Bar • NordMarais

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 clientele looking for atmosphere. Although primarily touted as a restaurant, NoMa’s selling point is its beautiful bar area and terrace. Following the trend for stripped-back, Brooklyn warehouse-style décor in restaurants and bars, the tables are basically lumps of wood...

  1. 39 rue Notre-Dame de Nazareth, 3e
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Stage • Bard-en-Seine

This July, Shakespeare & Company gets some welcome company in the form of Cressida Brown's avant-garde Shakespearean troupe, who'll be staging a new outdoor production of 'Macbeth' in the square on which the legendary bookshop stands. The Bard-en-Seine festival, held in Paris's literary heartland over the course of five summer evenings, fêtes not one but two anniversaries: that of the Bard himself (who would have turned 450 this year), and that of the outbreak of the First World War. 'Macbeth', the bloodiest and most unrelentingly tragic of Shakespeare's works, should lend itself well to Brown's 1914-set reimagining...

  1. Shakespeare & Company 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 5e
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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Film • Of Horses and Men

Many already know about Iceland’s lunar landscape, geysers and volcanic ash. But the discovery that the island has its own breed of dinky horses will be news to some. They have a distinctive high-kneed trot too, as we see in this curious drama about a horsey rural community. Straight-backed alpha male Kolbeinn (Ingvar Eggert Sigurdsson) draws admiring glances when taking his white mare out for a run. However, the black stallion in the next field has its own ideas, and soon nature takes its course – maybe reflecting its female owner’s desires for the hunky horseman....

Last chance exhibition • Emmet Gowin

Influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evan and supported by Robert Frank, Emmet Gowin stood out in his early years with his images inspired by daily life. As the ’60s drew to a close, he developed in two directions: one, he worked on intimate, fleeting portraits of his children and of his wife, Edith, as if taken through a keyhole. In another, reportage of landscapes devastated by man-made and natural disasters. On the strength of 130 shots, this exhibition sweeps through a 40 year career, from his aerial views to a recent series on moths...

  1. Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson 2 impasse Lebouis, 14e
  2. Until Sun Jul 27
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Clubbing • Alter Paname

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 well as less official venues; and now the Alter Paname is throwing its 2,000 square metres of floor space into the fray. With its sandpits, wicker furniture and garishly painted walls, and in stubborn defiance of the unrelentingly gloomy Bobigny environs, the venue has set its dial firmly on 'fun'...

  1. 97 rue de Paris, 93000
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Film • Boyhood

Looking at it one way, ‘Boyhood’ is a spectacularly cheap way of saving on actors’ salaries. To capture his rambling yet absorbing Texas family drama, director Richard Linklater (‘Before Midnight’) agreed with several actors – including his eight-year-old daughter Lorelei – that he’d shoot a movie with them over 12 years in dribs and drabs. Teenage voices drop, waists thicken and, in one benefit nobody could have predicted, Linklater’s star, Ellar Coltrane, playing the younger child of a divorced couple (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke), develops into a shyly charismatic heartbreaker...

Festival • Les Siestes Electroniques

Inaugurated in Toulouse and a regular fixture of the Parisian summer schedule since 2011, Les Siestes Electroniques – 'Electronic naps' – is far from the torpid affair that its name suggests. The concept is simple, yet strikingly fresh: upcoming DJ talent eschews the big summer hits in favour of sets that draw on the audio archives of the Musée du Quai Branly – in whose leafy gardens the festival is set. The result is an innovative programme of world music-inspired electro, carefully curated to shake your mind as well as move your feet. Oh yeah, and it's all free...


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Maia Nielsen
Maia Nielsen

Üt, by R-Bag : Brilliant clown show every Thursday, Friday, Saturday night at tiny Théâtre Clavel, metro station Pyrénées. Excellent music, laughs for everyone, for kids, for grownups, and most importantly even for people without a word of French. Buy a ticket or pay upon liking, on your way out! Until Dec. 29th.

bob
bob

absolutely pathetic

Olivier
Olivier

try Brasserie de l'epoque, fabulous food, very friendly service and very good value for money. Passage Vero doda opposite the Ministere de la culture et de la communication in the 1er arrondissement. A must do for the real parisian brasserie fare!!

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Dubqi

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cola
cola

I love it all!

Susan
Susan

Very helpful. Will visit at least three of these ten when in Paris in March.

Joe
Joe

Ice skating in front of L’Hôtel de Ville looks brilliant! Thanks Time Out :)

chardin
chardin

concert lyrique , dimanche 18 Novembre 17h cathedrale ste Croix 12 rue du Perchre 75003