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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

Dance • Aranéide

Threads stretched to breaking point criss-cross the sky. A web is woven five metres above the ground. For her latest spectacle, choreographer Myriam Gourfink has recruited trapeze artist Clémence Coconnier to spin a stately, delicate dance in which every slightest movement carries significance. Her stage, so to speak, is a suspended spider's web made of kevlar, every bit as finely wrought as the performance that unfolds on its surface. Arachnophobes need not attend...

  1. Le Carreau du Temple 2 rue Eugène Spuller, 3e
  2. Until Sat Aug 2
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Film • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Let’s face it, high-minded ideas are all very well, but can they compete with a chimp on horseback firing an Uzi? 2010’s ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ was as smart as modern sci-fi gets, ditching the 1960s-born franchise’s gritty dystopian roots for a slick, high-minded story of scientific overambition (with a few explosions chucked in for good measure). This first sequel, however, plunges us straight into the post-apocalyptic pressure cooker, a world of burgeoning ape civilisation and fading human dominance, as the survivors of a devastating epidemic huddle in the ruins of old San Francisco...

Gig • Tristesse Contemporaine

Tristesse Contemporaine creates a coldwave sound with dark lyrics, with influences of German krautrock. As the name indicates, listening to their music makes us want to gulp down cyanide more than paint rainbows, but we love being carried away by their hypnotic urban sounds. This trio which lives in Paris is pretty cosmopolitan: the Japanese Narumi on the piano next to the Swedish Léo on guitar and the Englishman Maik (the ex-singer for Earthling) on vocals. They seem to take great pleasure in encouraging the sense of mysticism around them, in spreading arty and mystic messages on their website...

  1. Le Trabendo Parc de la Villette, 75019
  2. Sat Aug 2
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Shopping • Les Malfaitrices

Secreted down a narrow passage, behind a discreet iron door, Les Malfaitrice has something of the fairytale to it – a vibe that the kooky proprietors, Julie Yülle and Madame Zigouigoui, do nothing to dispel. Since September 2009, the pair have been converting yesterday's discarded clothes into today's must-have fashion item, in the process riding the wave of vintage mania currently sweeping the capital. It works like this: Yülle and Zigouigoui head to the flea markets to scout for raw material; this they bring back to their workshop-cum-boutique, where they proceed to snip, slice and sew until they've produced something beautiful...

  1. 2 passage Josset, 11e
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Exhibition • Jeune sculpture

The thinker has a slightly surprised air, facing as he does a strange half-body cut off above the waist. Stark naked except for an incongruous pair of shoes, the figure appropriately sums up the humour of Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel, who often revisit the history of art with their own offbeat touches, reminding us that a body that isn't quite naked can often be more subversive than a completely nude figure. The winners of the 2012 Marcel Duchamp prize flit between a homage to the past and a benevolent irony towards some of the more pompous art of the 19th century (like bathroom fittings entitled 'Allegory')...

  1. Musée National Rodin 79 rue de Varenne, 7e
  2. Until Sun Oct 26
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Clubbing • La Chesnaie du Roy

Le Chesnaie du Roy (which translates quaintly as 'The King's Oak Grove') is an event space tucked away deep inside the Bois de Vincennes. Its remote wooded setting and vast garden lend themselves well to gigs and raves, and indeed La Chesnaie has proved popular with the city's electro collectives. Cocobeach in particular has been known to put on downbeat house/techno parties here on Sunday afternoons...

  1. À 500 m du Château de Vincennes, Route de la Pyramide – Bois de Vincennes, 12e
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Restaurant • Bouillon-Chartier

'You don't become a legend by accident' boasts Bouillon Chartier on their website. Certainly, the two brothers who founded the place in 1896 – heads held high and collars starched – pulled off something special. Today, the site in a former railway station expresses all the charm of Paris at its Belle Epoque best, all high ceilings, enormous mirrors and twinkling lamps. Classic or cliché? The uniformed waiters scurry around, your neighbour at the next table will probably try to engage you in conversation, and American couples loudly discuss the merits of their saucission ardéchois. Everything required for the 'typical' Parisian brasserie is here...

  1. 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 9e
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Exhibition • Tiki Pop

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 the Japanese on the beaches of the Pacific. From Marlon Brando to Elvis (who is strangely absent from this exhibition), and from bars made out to look like beach hut motels or bowling alleys decked out in a coconut and bamboo décor (not forgetting the plastic palm trees)...

  1. Musée du Quai Branly 37 quai Branly, 7e
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
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Film • Begin Again

Avoid this film like E coli if your instinctive reaction to all things infectiously sweet and sincere is spontaneous toe curling. The director is John Carney, who made the scruffy-gorgeous musical ‘Once’ for pennies on the streets of Dublin. Here he repeats the formula with proper money and stars. Keira Knightley is Greta, an English songwriter in New York who’s just been dumped by her rock-star boyfriend (we know something’s up when he starts growing twattish facial hair). Greta is singing a wrist-slitty break-up song at an open-mic night when she’s spotted by Dan, a washed-up record producer out on a bender...


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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