Paris Update What’s New in Paris
new pedestrian bridge over the Seine at the tip of the Ile de la Cité that will wobble when people walk on it, thanks to cables strung from springs.
SCANDALOUS 17TH-CENTURY POET
Poésies: Paris Update contributor Nick Hammond has just published his ninth book, an edition of poems by a fascinating, little-known 17th-century French poet, Denis Sanguin de Saint-Pavin, an openly bisexual, physically disabled, non-religious aristocrat who traveled in royal circles and was a friend of Madame de Sévigné.
NEW PARIS CINEMA
Etoile Lilas: A new art-house cinema complex has opened in the 20th arrondissement, with seven screens, a large terrace landscaped with trees, a Japanese restaurant and an Irish pub. The programming includes master classes by directors, festivals and a film club for children.
Galeries Lafayette: To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of its famous stained-glass dome, the department store has a new light installation on its facade and on the dome, plus an exhibition, “1912-2012: Chroniques d’un Parcours Créatif” (through Jan. 26), put together by Rem Koolhaas’s OMA agency.