Your perfect Friday in Paris

August 29



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Film • Enemy

  • Rated as: 3/5

All the way back to ‘Donnie Darko’, Jake Gyllenhaal has had a rough-and-ready sense of evolution about him, a tricky quality that better actors can’t pull off half as well. So it’s hard to say if splitting the star into two doppelgängers – Adam, a mousy college professor, and Anthony, a rising actor with a healthy ego – is the best dramatic plan. ‘Enemy’ goes for it, even though division isn’t Gyllenhaal’s strong suit. You wait for the counterparts to clash, to morph into each other and begin to blur (as in José Saramago’s original novel), but the movie is too literal and compartmentalised to take the psychological plunge it seems to constantly be intimating…

Bar • La Venus Noire

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4

Unless you're dying to purchase some second-hand books, there isn't much in the Saint-Michel area to detain you – with the exception of the unjustly overlooked Rue de l'Hirondelle. The street had its heyday in the heady interwar years of art and absinthe, when the likes of Baudelaire and Rimbaud would flock to La Venus Noire (then named Le Caveau de la Bolée) to drink themselves paralytic. Today, the bar has lost its literary cachet but none of its charming intimacy. The local gay crowd mixes with students and affluent twentysomethings – though the vibe improves once the younger punters have cleared off post-happy hour…

  1. 25 rue de l'hirondelle, 6e
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Clubbing • Mutant Area feat. Rephlex

  • Free

Avant-garde electro hits La Plage de Glazart this Friday, as Aphex Twin's label Rephlex takes to the decks for a free evening courtesy of dance festival Mutant Area. Heading the lineup is veteran French producer Bernard Fèvre, a.k.a. Black Devil Disco Club, whose tracks straddle the line between experimental electro and a thumping italo disco. His career first peaked in the late ’70s, but found a second wind when Aphex Twin remixed one of his EPs in 2004. Joining him in the booth are British DJ (and former flatmate of Aphex Twin's) Global Goon…

  1. Le Glaz'art 7-15 avenue de la Porte de la Villette, 19e
  2. Fri Aug 29
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Restaurants • Where to eat African

Fancy some spice and exoticism on your plate? Check out our newly updated guide to the best African restaurants in Paris. Whether you’re hankering after a chicken tagine, a spicy merguez couscous, succulent strips of biltong or tangy Ethiopian pancakes, sustenance is nigh with our list of the finest African cuisine in the capital…

Exhibition • Nuit

  • Rated as: 4/5

Does the thought of stumbling around in the night, arms outstretched and ears pricked up to detect the smallest untoward sound, fill you with dread? If so, then you can take comfort in the fact that most animals are as useless in the dark as you are. Take the male kakapo parrot: to attract a mate after hours, he's obliged to sing for up to four months at a stretch without stopping. Or the scutigera centipede, who will often resort to shedding some of its legs in order to continue moving through to the small hours. These are only two of the many absorbing revelations of this exhibition, which aims to shed light on the mysteries of the dark…

  1. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle 36 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 2 rue Buffon et 57 rue Cuvier, 5e
  2. Until Mon Nov 3
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