Still recovering from all the arty parties, small talk and pretending-to-afford-paintings of FIAC in Paris last week? We’ll you’d better down an espresso or five, because this city isn’t slowing down – even if winter is quickly descending on us.
This week we’ve got Halloween on Saturday, and although most of you will protest that it’s a tacky American-style celebration, we definitely saw a fair few people sneakily buying costumes in Tati. If you’re finally ready to embrace your love for plastic pumpkins then we’ve got the best Halloween party in Paris to go to, while for film fans there’s a terrifying night of classic horror movies at Grand Rex. Aside from ghouls and gore there’s also a brilliant exhibition closing this week, Pitchfork Music Festival and an Etsy shopping party, so forget about holing up with a tartiflette just yet and embrace what’s on this week in Paris.
Set free your inner Sweet Transvestite this Saturday 31st October at Le Centquatre, who are celebrating the 40th anniversary (is it really that old already?!) of this iconic film with an immersive evening of burlesque, music, drinking, dancing and an essential screening of the 1975 film. Dig out those fishnets and platform heels, and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable night. Tickets cost 35€ on the door.
Where: Le Centquatre, 5 rue Curial, 75019 Paris
Great news for whisky fans this week as cool malt brand Monkey Shoulder have opened a Brooklyn-esque temporary gallery and bar pop-up at the Showroom du Quartier Général. Only open from the 26th until the 31st of October, the warehouse style temporary space offers a street art gallery by day and the appropriately named ‘Out Of The Cage’ bar by night, manned by a selection of talented bartenders from bars such as Copperbay and Dirty Dicks while DJs spin tunes on the decks. Entry is free.
Where: Showroom du Quartier Général, 71 rue de la Fontaine au Roi, Paris 75011.
Crafters, prepare your crochet hooks, because Etsy is in Paris this weekend! The online marketplace beloved for selling all manner of weird and wonderful things (knitted ovaries, anyone?) is holding a huge party this Saturday 31st October at L’Archipel. On the agenda is plenty of shopping, craft DIY sessions from Shibori dyeing to deodorant making, and a late night closing party with music from the likes of Gigsta and Nagababa. The cost of the workshops varies, but general entry to the event is just 2€.
Where: L’Archipel, 26 bis rue de Saint-Pétersbourg, Paris 8e
Renowned British photographer and photojournalist Homer Sykes takes us back to a very different Britain in his photographs from the 1970s and 1980s, which show a rapidly changing country, political upheavals, and the emergence of punk rock. The exhibition at Les Douches La Galerie has been hugely popular, and as it closes on Saturday 31st October this week is your last chance to it!
Where: Les Douches La Galerie, 5 Rue Legouvé, 75010 Paris
Scare yourself silly at the Grand Rex this Halloween as they put a series of classic horror films back on the big screen for one night only. Choose from The Exorcist, The Conjouring, Nightmare on Elm Street and the original Saw, or go all out and watch one after the other for a truly terrifying night. Films cost 5€ to attend.
Where: Grand Rex, 1 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris
The world-famous indie rock festival Pitchfork is back in Paris this weekend, with the best and the brightest talent from around the world. Taking over La Grande Halle de la Villette for three days this week (Thursday 29th – Saturday 31st), it’s a must-visit for any fans of indie music. This year sees the likes of Beach House, Four Tet, Thom Yorke and many more take to the stage, completing a line-up that has rival Les Inrocks festival quaking in their boots. Tickets start at 54€ a day, and there are a series of After Parties too.
Where: La Grand Halle de la Villette, 211 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris