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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Women’s March on Paris
> The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, women will march in cities around the world. Starts at the Parvis des Droits Humains, Trocadero, at 2pm, crosses the Pont d’Iéna and ends at the Mur pour la Paix at 4:30pm.

Behind closed doors
> Book now to visit places in Paris that are normally closed during Paris Face Cachée, including a lab trying to find cures for genetic diseases, located in a glass building with a panoramic roof terrace. Various venues, Paris and suburbs, Jan. 27-29.

Book signing
> Irish author Donal Ryan signs copies of his latest book, The Thing About December. Irish Cultural Center, Paris, Jan. 19.

Late-Night Magritte
> The Magritte exhibition at the Centre Pompidou will stay open until 10pm from Jan. 19 through the last day, Jan. 23.

Drinkathon
> Paris Cocktail Week offers master classes, special restaurant menus with cocktail/food pairings and other festivities. Various venues, Paris, Jan. 21-28.

Young European photographers
> The Festival Circulation(s) features emerging photographers. Centquatre, Paris, Jan. 21-March 5.

Picasso at the airport
> The exhibition "Picasso Plein Soleil" presents works made by the master while living on the Côte d’Azur. Espace Musées, Charles-de-Gaulle Airport 2E, Jan. 21-June 15.

Cheap cinema
> During the Festival Cinéma Télérama, you can see a selection of last year’s best films for only €3.50 each with the purchase of Télérama magazine (Jan. 11 and 18 issues). Various cinemas, Jan. 18-24.

Free subtitled French films
> My French Film Festival offers frees streaming of French movies. Through Feb. 13.

Frank Capra Retrospective
> The great American director in the spotlight. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 27.

Sex, Lies and Corruption
> The Hollywood Décadent festival features such films as Joseph Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor, Valley of the Dolls, and Vincente Minnelli’s Nina. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Jan. 25.

Chinese New Wave
> Nouvelles Voix du Cinéma Chinois screens films by a new generation of directors beginning around the turn of the 21st-century. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 20.

Winter sales
> Retail sales all over France: through Feb. 21.

Ice-Skating Rinks
> Where to ice skate in Paris, including the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais.

English plays in French
> Two plays by Harold Pinter, Ashes to Ashes and L’Amant, directed by Mitch Hooper, are onstage at the Essaïon through Jan. 24, 2017.

 

Restaurants - Bistro

 

Aux Crus de Bourgogne

Resisting Time

The restaurant hasn't changed much since 1932.

Lovers of Paris don’t like the city to change, and while that may be a retrograde attitude, it is still extremely comforting to return many years later to a restaurant you used to love and discover that not only have the menu and decor remained basically the same, but also that the same friendly owner and staff are there to take good care of you.

In 1985, Francis Bouvier took over Aux Crus de Bourgogne, which had been founded by his grandmother in 1932. He basically left this beloved historic bistro – frequented by journalists, Resistance fighters, politicians (it was a favorite of André Malraux) and celebrities over the years – as it had been, with its mirrors, brass rails, dark wood paneling, grandfather clock, crystal chandelier, bronze statuettes and lace curtains. The waiters still wear the traditional uniform of white shirt, black bow tie and black apron.

Fresh homard (lobster) had always been a specialty of the house and still is, along with foie gras and hearty classic French dishes like coq au brouilly, magret de canard and beef stew, all made with fresh ingredients, well-prepared and served in generous proportions. Desserts included a strawberry/raspberry tart and crème brûlée.

It was also heartening to notice that while this place is still a favorite with Parisians of a certain age, it also attracts younger people, which gives us hope that it will still be going strong 10, 20 and maybe even 50 years from now.

Heidi Ellison

Aux Crus de Bourgogne: 3, rue Bachaumont, 75002 Paris. Tel.: 01 42 33 48 24. Open Monday-Friday. Fixed-price menu: €27. A la carte: €40-€45 for three courses without wine.

© 2005 Paris Update

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