Your perfect Sunday in Paris

July 27

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Gig • Joshua Redman Quartet

After spending a few years focused on collaborations with the Bad Plus and his James Farm bandmates, saxophone star Joshua Redman hits the town for a night's worth of proper headlining gigs. While you may hear pieces from last year's sumptuous, string-bathed Walking Shadows, Redman performs here with a stripped-down four-piece, featuring his late-nineties–early-noughties sidemen Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson on piano, bass and drums, respectively...

  1. Parc Floral de Paris Route de la Pyramide, 12e
  2. Sun Jul 27
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Festival • Les Siestes Electroniques

Inaugurated in Toulouse and a regular fixture of the Parisian summer schedule since 2011, Les Siestes Electroniques – 'Electronic naps' – is far from the torpid affair that its name suggests. The concept is simple, yet strikingly fresh: upcoming DJ talent eschews the big summer hits in favour of sets that draw on the audio archives of the Musée du Quai Branly – in whose leafy gardens the festival is set. The result is an innovative programme of world music-inspired electro, carefully curated to shake your mind as well as move your feet. Oh yeah, and it's all free...

Film • Belle

Sometimes you find yourself wishing for an alternative version of the film unfolding before your eyes. ‘Belle’ is a good-looking and exceedingly polite film where perhaps a more complex one with less good manners would have been better. It’s the story of a mixed-race girl, Dido Belle (played first by Lauren Julien-Box, then Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who was brought up by an aristocratic family in Hampstead’s Kenwood House in the late 1700s. Dido was the daughter of a high-born naval officer and a black woman about whom very little is known. Most of ‘Belle’ plays out in drawing rooms and manicured gardens...

Brunch • Les P'tites Indécises

Les P'tites Indécises caters to a large appetite but a pinched wallet. Set in the middle of a sunlit square near Parmentier, this light-filled restaurant has a generous brunch with more than just your usual tartine and Nutella. The menu has two options: either the ‘p’tit dej’ or the ‘complet’, both including freshly squeezed juice, your choice of hot drink and an unlimited bread basket with a selection of spreads. On top of that, if you choose the p’tit dej at the very reasonable price of €14.50, you have a choice of entrée and dessert: the entrée nearly always includes fried eggs and bacon to mop up your hangover, plus something seasonal like melon and ham...

  1. 2 rue des Trois Bornes, 11e
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Film • Boyhood

Looking at it one way, ‘Boyhood’ is a spectacularly cheap way of saving on actors’ salaries. To capture his rambling yet absorbing Texas family drama, director Richard Linklater (‘Before Midnight’) agreed with several actors – including his eight-year-old daughter Lorelei – that he’d shoot a movie with them over 12 years in dribs and drabs. Teenage voices drop, waists thicken and, in one benefit nobody could have predicted, Linklater’s star, Ellar Coltrane, playing the younger child of a divorced couple (Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke), develops into a shyly charismatic heartbreaker...


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