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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Stick up for science
> The Paris March for Science begins at 1pm at the Jardin des Plantes (Place Valhubert), April 22.

Silent films from Switzerland?
> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, April 20-May 2.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, April 19-29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

Take home a winemaker
> Winemakers from Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux come to Paris to offer tastings of their products in wine bars and private homes for the event J’Irai Déguster chez Vous. Various venues, Paris, April 20-22.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Bedos’s Monsieur & Madame Adelman preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 21.

Polaroid pix
> The “Expolaroid” exhibition features Polaroid images by nine artists. La Maison des Ensembles, Paris, through April 25.

Binge-watching
> Festival Séries Mania shows TV series from around the world and holds debates, conferences and special guests like Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” all for free. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 23.

Travel yarns
> Travel fanatics get together at the Paris Travelers Festival to swap tales of their adventures. FIAP, Paris, April 22-23.

Street art indoors

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The gallery Art in the Game will be showing works by Felipe Pantone at the Urban Art Fair.> Some 30 galleries show street art at the Urban Art Fair. Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 20-23.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

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, through Oct. 21.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, through May 28.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 13.

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Restaurants - Bistro

 

Les Résistants

Pièce de Résistance:
The Restaurant Itself

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The cozy main dining room at Les Résistants.

Les Résistants, a new restaurant in Paris’s 10th arrondissement, has only been open for a month or so and is already packed, upstairs and down. This may be a sign of support for the approach of the three young owners, childhood friends who have traveled all over France seeking out producers of everything from salt and fish to vegetables and wine to find those who are “resisting” by producing excellent products with natural methods that respect the environment and who have not succumbed to the tyranny of the agro-
industrial complex. Hear, hear!

Along with the menu, diners are given a veritable book listing all of the restaurant’s current suppliers, with a long paragraph describing who they are, what they do and how they do it.

The partners have kept their promise to provide all this at reasonable prices, probably helped by the fact that they offer only two starters, two main courses and three desserts on the changing daily menu. On the night we were there, the starters were priced at €6.5 and €10, and the main courses at €16 and €18, a real bargain in Paris these days.

Adding to the appeal of the restaurant is the original, attractive and comfortable wood-dominated decor. Hanging over a large table in the center, the focal point of the dining room, are big upside-down basket-weave lampshades with plants growing under them, casting a gentle light and complex shadows on the ceiling. As full as the place was, the noise levels were perfectly reasonable, a big plus.

Already well disposed to the restaurant by the friendliness of the young man who greeted us (one of the partners, Yannick), the pleasant ambience of the room, and a glass of a wonderful 2015 Macon Villages from Julien Guillot with plenty of character, we tucked into the first courses.

One was a thick, rich delicata-squash soup, the

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sweetish vegetable counterbalanced by a salty chorizo-flavored foam in a winning combination. The marinated Atlantic bonito

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was served with a salad of julienned vegetables in a honey vinaigrette.

Mary liked her main course so much that she did not want to share it with me, but in the end she gave in and let me have some of her

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dumplings stuffed with shredded Berkshire pork, served with celeriac purée. I was less taken with my golden gray mullet, which was

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too fishy-tasting. It was served with flavorful carrots and turnips in a sauce studded with raisins.

For dessert I chose the spelt pudding with chai milk, raisins soaked in smoked tea and

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Armagnac-Ténarèze, which sounded like an interesting interpretation of rice pudding. The sauce was delicious if a bit too sweet, but the big, chewy grains of spelt were just too wholesome for a dessert, and I missed the creaminess usually associated with rice pudding.

Mary was once again better off with a terrific

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chocolate tart with hazelnut and nutmeg, which looked more like a cookie. That’s my idea of a fantastic dessert.

With our meal we drank glasses of 2015 Les Calcinaires, Côtés du Roussillon Villages from Domaine Gauby: fruity yet clean and well-structured.

While I wasn’t bowled over by every dish, I found the restaurant’s values so laudable and the overall experience of eating there so enjoyable that I won’t be able to resist going back.

Heidi Ellison

Les Résistants: 16-18, rue du Château d’Eau, 75010 Paris. Métro: Château d’Eau. Tel.: 01 42 06 43 74. Open Tuesday-Sunday for dinner. À la carte: around €30. www.lesresistants.fr

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