Wild Child

By Nick Hammond

We may all have had our fill of movies about a tart with a heart, but Sauvage is something different. The central character, Léo (Félix Maritaud), is a 22-year-old gay male prostitute who, despite being obliged to perform degrading acts … Read More


Tristan und Isolde

The Joys of Tragedy

By Nick Hammond

  Some might think that foregoing one of the final days of late-summer sunshine to spend over five hours cooped up in a theater watching Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde demonstrates either an admirable sense of duty or complete madness. … Read More

What's Happening in Paris This Week

For full details about an event, click on the title to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

September 21-23

Literary festival

Canadian authors are in the spotlight at Festival America this year, among them John Irving (who now lives in Canada). In addition to readings and interviews with writers, there will be films and exhibitions.

Various locations, Vincennes

September 21-23

Food Temple

A food event with a market, master classes, banquets, a brunch, cooking classes, workshops and more.

Carreau du Temple, Paris

September 21-23

Paradise in Paris

The newspaper Le Parisien sponsors the Paris Paradis festival with free concerts, performances, workshops, talks and more. Sign up on the website.

La Felicità, Paris

September 21-30

Foreign worlds in Paris

Thirty foreign cultural centers in Paris hold special events – exhibitions, performances and meetings with artists – for the Semaine des Cultures Étrangères.

Various locations, Paris

September 21-October 6

Chanson française

L’Estival features singers performing in French.

Various locations, Saint Germain-en-Laye

September 21-23

Nationwide food festival

Tastings, special menus in restaurants and more during the Fête de la Gastronomie.

Various locations, Paris

September 22-23


Whisky tastings, food pairings, cocktails and more at the Festival Whisky Live Paris.

Les Docks-Cité de la Mode et du Design, Paris

September 19-22

Crime-writing festival

Irish crime writers, including Benjamin Black (John Banville), Jo Spain and Alex Barclay, .

Halle des Blancs Manteaux, Paris

Through December 31

Contemporary arts festival

The Festival d’Automne presents leading talents in art, dance, film, theater and more from around the world.

Various venues, Paris & Île de France

Through September 23

Dance festival

Échelle Humaine presents works by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Andros Zins-Browne, Eleanor Bauer and Radouan Mriziga.

Lafayette Anticipations, Paris

Through September 30

Free outdoor opera

Opéra Côté Cour puts on live performances on Sundays at 3:30pm and 5pm.

Bercy Village, Paris

Through September 29

Clubbing on the “beach”

Outdoor concerts and DJs nightly at the La Plage de Glaz’Art.

Glaz’Art, Paris

Through Oct. 6

Dance in historic sites

Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux.

Various locations

September 23

French film with English subtitles

Lost in Frenchlation presents Marc Fouchard’s Break, preceded by a dance show.

Club de L’Étoile, Paris