By Irene Fogarty
It’s April and even though the sun is out, it’s still bloody cold here. The worse winter ever that just doesn’t want to end. Good news is that there are lots of great things on in Paris right now that are definitely worth braving the elements for. Perhaps the most notable to me anyway, is that the 80’s are very much back in here. Not just H + M’s latest electric blue skinny jeans and Dynasty-inspired shoulder paded jackets (remember those Crystal vs Alexis catfights!), but also in the music and artistic world…the not so embarrassing pinnacles of this decadent decade.
Sex, drugs and rock n’roll – all in one store
Can’t get to the Bowie expo in London? No worries, drop by Publicis drugstore on the Champs Elysée to see their ‘Rock Store’ expo. If you’re not interested in the two French dudes’ book signing, check out the rare shots of Bowie, Iggy, Lou Reed, McCartney etc. You can even catch Spinal Tap, the hilarious faux-rockumentary from the 80’s and Stop Making Sense, the Talking Head film for 10€. And of course pick up a delicious Pierre Hermé macaroon while you’re at it! Rock Store, 133 Ave des Champs Elysée, Metro: George V.
All about Haring this month
(Keith that is)
We all know Haring’s lovable little guy who always seems to be dancing. And from April 19th, the “Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris” and the “104” local are showing a major retrospective about the famous American artist who died in 1990 at just 31 years of age. You’ll get the chance to understand Haring’s artistic approach, his political commitment and his creative energy. Even better, you can see the artists’s battles with all that was going on around him. Since it all comes from a close friend of Haring’s, Maripol, we get a real insight into the cultural expansion in the New York of the 80’s. As a young French woman who just lands in the US, Maripol immerses herself in “The Factory” movement of the 80’s and takes us through some New York streets to meet some of Haring’s old friends. It’s both emotional, fascinating and very endearing. Plus you’ll learn a lot about underground New York in these wild times. Musée d’Art Moderne?11, avenue du Président-Wilson?75016 Paris 16. Tues – Sun, http://www.mam.paris.fr/
Try Haring on for size
Keep going with the Haring theme by checking out “Keith Haring and Fashion” in Paris’ famous concept-store, chez Colette. It’s free and it runs from Apr 2 – May 4th. Chez Colette, 213, rue Saint-Honoré, Paris 75001, Metro: Tuilières
And finally the French Duran Duran
Spandau Ballet or Adam Ant? We all know have our favourite 80’s band or star. So who was the big 80’s band in Paris? One of them was Taxi Girl. Take a look it’s great!