Thursday, June 21, 2012

Free Art: Portes Ouvertes

If you love art, love discovering new artists, and dig the "gallery walk" experience, step it up a notch and take advantage of Paris' periodic "portes ouvertes," where you can wander a neighborhood checking out artists' ateliers and newest wares. Read all about it over at Girls' Guide to Paris.

PS - the artist squat 59 Rivoli have their portes ouvertes Tuesday through Sunday all year!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fête de la Musique

(illustration via A Nous Magazine)

June 21st, the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year, when the sun stays out longer than we thought possible back in January. Paris makes great use of this "midsummer night" by celebrating music all day and all night with their annual Fête de la Musique, with free performances all over the city. It's dizzying to think of all the great acts that will be playing, but I'm sure we can find something for everyone. For example:

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Extremely Short Story Contest WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who submitted funny and touching mini-stories into the contest! It was a tough decision, but the winner is... Tonja C. from California! Her story:

"My beloved husband and children were delayed, leaving me alone in that big house on Mother's Day. I will admit, quietly, that it was not a nightmare."

Congratulations, Tonja, and thanks to EVERYONE who entered.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Cheap Art - Rafael Alterio & Henriette H. Jansen

("Rio" by Rafael Alterio)

Artist Rafael Alterio spent the afternoons of his boyhood running around the atelier of his friend's mother, ceramic artist Henriette H. Jansen. Now, a decade or two later, they've joined forces to create an art exhibition of ceramic sculpture, paintings, and engravings which echo each other. I got the chance to preview some of the work before its opening this week, and was delighted to find that Alterio and Jansen have managed to create a collection of stunning quality while evading an aspect that turns me away from many modern artists: pretension.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Extremely Short Story Contest - WITH A PRIZE

Hello Cheapskaters! Here's a fun challenge for you: write a 2-sentence story. In fact, I'll give you the last line:

"I will admit, quietly, that it was not a nightmare."

What do you think should go before that? It could be devastating, hilarious, poignant, tragic, silly. It doesn't have to be Paris-related. It doesn't even have to be SFW. The above photo is what inspired me, but you could take this in any direction your imagination takes you.

The winner will receive a postcard from Paris for each week of July from yours truly. If you live in Paris, I will take you out for a drink to the next bar I feature for the Paris Cheapskate Happy Hour. Email your stories to parischeapskate (at) gmail (dot) com by Friday at midnight. Winner announced Saturday. Good luck!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Happy Hour: Le Hideout

Le Hideout has a few locations around Paris - near Bastille, rue Mouffetard, and Châtelet, but I visited the one just down the street from Gare du Nord. An Irish pub that features rugby and tennis on the telly and a bustling terrasse, Le Hideout is a fab place to chill outside, watch the people go by and have a cheap cocktail.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pro Tip: How To Survive A Free Museum Sunday

 (1/25th of the line at Musée d'Orsay)

Paris' Free First Sundays at some of its biggest museums is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you have to deal with shoulder-pushing crowds of people and lines so long they eventually become hilarious. On the other hand, dude, it's free. This weekend boasts one of those Sundays. Here's how to survive the former in order to enjoy the latter.


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