Your perfect Friday in Paris

September 5

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Gigs • Jazz à la Villette festival

The Jazz à la Villette festival is one of the most hotly anticipated events of the back-to-school season for musically-minded Parisians. Every concert is unique, a meeting between different artists: jazz, funk, hip-hop, blues and world. It's brilliantly orchestrated 21st-century jazz, mixed with rhythms and instruments from around the world. The programme for this year's edition at Parc de la Villette features the usual blend of established masters and up-and-coming talent, boppers and fusion artists, swing bands and free jazz quartets, Western and Eastern traditions. Usual suspects Mulatu Astatke and Roberto Fonseca share the billing with newcomers…

Film • Sergio Leone retrospective

Epic gunfights. Epic running times. Sweeping panoramas of the Wild West (often, in fact, Spain). Harmonicas on the soundtrack. Extreme close-ups and huge depth of field. Trains. Horses. Scowling hitmen with beards. Few cinematic languages are as distinct as that of Sergio Leone, the late Italian maestro of the Spaghetti Western. Like Stanley Kubrick or David Lean, Leone was a perfectionist who obsessed over style in the manner of a master artisan. Consequently, like those two, he didn't complete many films in his career. The seven movies that he helmed in his forty-year career form a coherent set: centred as it is on the Spaghetti Western genre…

Restaurant • Lao Siam

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

This restaurant hasn't just opened or been renovated. It's not a Parisian gem hidden in some obscure location off the beaten track. No, this is a restaurant that is an indispensable addition to your address book, that many of you will know already, but that we hadn't yet covered here at Time Out Paris. Thankfully, we recently found the time to make the trip. The extensive menu here focuses on flavours from Thailand and Laos, with equal attention given to Westerners' favourites and to less well-known dishes for those with a more adventurous palate. We haven't tried everything (although we've given it a good shot)…

  1. 49 rue de Belleville, 19e
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Film • Obvious Child

  • Rated as: 4/5

The Hollywood way of dealing with unplanned pregnancy has typically been to have a female character blissfully bond with her womanhood through childbirth. But in Gillian Robespierre’s revolutionary ‘Obvious Child’, abortion is sympathetically presented as a sensible option, with consistent delight and hilarious, raunchy humour. (‘Shmashmortion’ is all the characters in the 2007 comedy ‘Knocked Up’ could manage to utter about the A-word). The film gives us Donna Stern (the irresistible, pitch-perfect Jenny Slate), a twentysomething New Yorker who antagonises crowds as a stand-up comic…

Bar • Kiez

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4

When we heard that a genuine biergarten was opening near Guy Môquet metro, all our (sometimes hazy) memories of Berlin came flooding back. It was with eager (though cautious) steps that we made our way to Kiez and set about the taxing job of testing all their beers on draft (Erdinger Kristallweizen, Bitburger, Kölsch and Sankt Thomas, from €5.50 to €6.90 a pint), washed down with our favourite soft German tipple, an apple-flavoured Fritz Limo (€3.50). The food offering pairs perfectly with this line-up: pretzels, a platter of frikandel with a fresh lettuce and cucumber salad, curry wurst…

  1. 24 rue Vauvenargues, 18e
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