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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

Art • Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown burst onto the scene in the late ’90s with a string of bold, visceral canvases composed of chaotic colours and sensual shapes. Sex is the essence of her work: human bodies are her building blocks, and a fleshy beige dominates her palette à la Francis Bacon. Yet the New York-based Brit never gives away too much – to look at one of her paintings is not to see anything explicit, but rather to glimpse insinuated forms and semi-abstract patterns in a morass of hues. The keen-eyed culture vulture will spot references to everyone from James Ensor to Georgia O'Keeffe; others will simply be struck down by the anarchic force of her oeuvre...

  1. 4 rue de Ponthieu, 8e
  2. Until Sat Dec 20
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Festival • BBmix festival

One of the most exciting music festivals in Paris comes of age this year. For a decade now, Parisians have flocked to the chic neighbourhood of Boulogne-Billancourt every November for a long weekend of rock – indie, bluesy, experimental and psychedelic alike. This year, BBmix turns ten years old, and celebrates with its best line-up yet. No huge headline names aside from the fragile folk strains of Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and eccentric krautrock veterans Faust. But the programme is packed with up-and-coming names that have caught our attention: Greek folkster-cum-pop rocker Xylouris White and mysterious musique concrète artist Ghédalia Tazartès, to name but two... 

Restaurant • Wakaba

It's not for an exotic setting or sophisticated service that you'll come to Wakaba. In true Japanese style, everything here is pared down to the essentials, allowing the remarkable food to speak for itself. As with many Japanese restaurants, you're best off coming for lunch – at €45 and €80 respectively, the dinner set menus verge on the unreasonable. Yet no matter what time of day you stop by, you're sure to be treated to a smorgasbord of subtle flavours and mysterious ingredients. Aside from the usual über-fresh sushi and sashimi, the €45 menu comprises a series of small dishes that raise as many questions as there are courses...

  1. 20 rue de l'Exposition, 7e
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Film • In the Family

The cream always rises to the top. Case in point: Patrick Wang’s truly wondrous indie, which the multihyphenate writer-director-actor initially distributed himself after multiple festival rejections. It played for a week in Manhattan late last year and is now reopening after a rising tide of critical support. No doubt you’ve noticed the nearly three-hour runtime, but please don’t let that dissuade you: Every moment counts in this gripping tale of gay Tennessean contractor Joey Williams (Wang), who fights for custody of his nonbiological son, Chip (Sebastian Banes), after the boy’s father, and Joey’s partner, Cody (Trevor St. John), is killed in a car crash...

Art • David LaChapelle: Land Scape

A world away from his fashion photography and garish remakes of famous works of art, industrial landscapes are the focus of American photographer David LaChapelle’s latest exhibition ‘Land Scapes’. The photographer’s characteristic love of bright colours, gloss and the artificial are still going strong, but in this exhibition they are layered over a dark and bitter irony. At first glance, his pictures appear to be elaborate mock-ups for ultra-sophisticated petrol stations, refineries and nuclear centres. But take a closer look and LaChapelle’s infrastructures are made up of striped straws, clothes pegs, birthday candles, energy drinks, razors, egg boxes and hair curlers... 

  1. Galerie Daniel Templon 30 rue Beaubourg, 3e
  2. Until Tue Dec 23
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Stage • Cirque Plume: Tempus Fugit ?

There are no lions jumping through hoops or grimacing clowns at Cirque Plume, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. This is far from your typical big top knockabout, making it a perfect pre-Christmas show for anyone at risk of an overdose of seasonal saccharine. Instead of your typical striped tent, the site set up in Parc de la Villette has an avant-garde structure with multiple peaks in the roof, making it look like some vast sea creature squatting by the side of the canal. Inside, there's a stage floor with a life of its own and a piano hanging from the ceiling... 

  1. 211 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019
  2. Until Sun Dec 28
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Restaurant • L'Epicerie Musicale

Ideally situated on the Canal Saint-Martin, L’Epicerie Musicale is a delightful hybrid of café-bar-restaurant-delicatessen-music store. The retro furniture gives the interior all the charm of an old Sicilian café, offset by graffiti art on the walls, a deli section with fish, wine, oils, hams fresh cheeses and more imported from Italy, and a jazz, soul, funk, tropical and retro-latino soundtrack from hundreds of vinyl records. Highly recommended.

  1. 55 bis quai de Valmy, 10e
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Shopping • French Touche

Bags adorn the walls, trinkets sit atop small wooden shelves, and lamps are dotted around the room – French Touche is a shop where one could happily rummage for hours. Nestled in the heart of the 17th arrondissement for the past decade, this 'gallery of touching objects' is one of the first concept stores in the capital (alongside the prestigious and expensive Colette). Dreamed up by the lovely Valérie, it's teeming with original creations: from retro knitted cat badges (Severina Kids) to Beatles patches and micro-notebook keychains. 'I try to choose products from designers who aren’t widely known and for whom I have a true passion... 

  1. 1 rue Jacquemont, 17e
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Bar • Barbershop

The Barbershop is a thirsty art-lovers’ landmark. Recalling Brooklyn’s trendy gallery-bars, it’s always worth the visit. Temporary exhibitions of street art decorate the walls, and canvases by young painters are for sale at affordable prices, offering great opportunities for the hard up but style-conscious looking to re-do their apartments. Visitors can even consult piles of art and design coffee table books, while comfortably installed in padded Chesterfield armchairs or in shabby chic second hand sofas. DJs mix hip-hop, funk and soul every weekend, and often for private viewings of the exhibitions... 

  1. 68 avenue de la République, 11e
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Gig • The Growlers

The Growlers are one of the growing number of California bands that play modern psychedelic music informed by their locale, but without a whiff of L.A. cheese, favouring instead the West Coast’s hippie-dippy looseness. At its best, the group invokes a smoking late-’60s beach party. Just like summer never ended!

  1. La Maroquinerie 23 rue Boyer, 20e
  2. Sat Nov 22
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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