Paris Vu par Hollywood

September 19, 2012 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Art & Culture

City of light and licentiousness While visiting “Paris Vu par Hollywood,” the new exhibition at Paris’s Hôtel de Ville, I realized that the dreamily romantic vision Americans have of Paris probably owes as much, if not more, to the eight … Read More

Micheline Day

Jazz Diva of the Square: Still Swinging After All These Years

May 30, 2012 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Art & Culture

“I’m in there,” said the lady in black with the bright red lipstick sitting next to me on the bench in the Square du Temple in Paris’s third arrondissement. She was pointing at the computer on my lap. The lady was Micheline Capuano Blasco, better known by her stage name, Micheline Day. Over the course of many afternoons on the bench near the pond in the little park, she revealed random morsels of her life story to me.

Au Revoir, Mademoiselle

March 14, 2012 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Art & Culture

Exactly 30 years after the U.S. government recommended the use of “Ms.” in official documents so that women would no longer be identified by their marital status, the powers that be in France have finally decided to relegate “Mademoiselle” to … Read More

Césars 2012

February 29, 2012 | By Nick Hammond | What's New Art & Culture

Cesars VS. Oscars: Which Wins For Worst Awards Ceremony? It might seem difficult to beat the Oscars for toe-curlingly awful acceptance speeches, but the Césars (held two nights before the Oscars, thereby allowing all the stars of The Artist just enough … Read More

Vive le Cinéma

January 4, 2012 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Art & Culture

The cinema rules in France. In 2011, French movie theaters had their best year since 1966, with ticket sales of 215.6 million, an increase of 4.2 percent over 2010, according to the Centre National du Cinéma. Sales to French films … Read More

Diapasons d’Or

November 22, 2011 | By Nick Hammond | What's New Art & Culture

DIAPASONS D’OR   One of the highlights of last week’s concert for the Diapasons d’Or, the French equivalent of the Oscars for classical music, was the Young Talent of the Year, soprano Julia Lezhneva, whose sensational performance of one of … Read More


March 1, 2011 | By Nick Hammond | What's New Art & Culture

Praises Of The Cesars Who needs Oscars when you have Césars? This year, the French awards ceremony took place in the same weekend as the American one, not that Hollywood would have noticed. And deservedly, the big winner (not even … Read More