Your perfect Friday in Paris

August 1



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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...

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), everyone moves to the Hawaiian groove...

  1. Musée du Quai Branly 37 quai Branly, 7e
  2. Until Sun Sep 28
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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'); stories about groups of friends...

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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