Live Like a Local: Top Paris Events to Watch This Fall

Rembrandt in Confidence
Rembrandt in Confidence

With the fall 2016 season beckoning, Paris is chock full of cultural and art events. Here are some of our top picks. 

42nd Street 

In the past ten years, Theatre du Chatelet has produced a series of classic Broadway musicals for the first time in Paris with much acclaim. Past productions included Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, The King and I and West Side Story. This season they are proud to present the quintessential musical, 42nd Street. Set in the height of the Depression in 1929, the story revolves around a Broadway producer down on his luck after his leading lady is injured right before the show goes on and how he miraculously replaces her with an undiscovered new talent. The show is presented in English with French subtitles and remains faithful to the original production with music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin and the dazzling tap dancing choreography by Gower Champion

November 17, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Theatre du Chatelet 
1 Place du Chatelet, 75001


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Rembrandt in Confidence 

The greatest of the 17th century Dutch painters, Rembrandt, is having a rare and privileged showing of his works. In the late 1800s avid art collectors Édouard André and Nélie Jacquemart acquired three Rembrandt paintings from 1629, 1632 and 1656, which illustrate the important stages of Rembrandt’s career. The three paintings, along with 20 others plus 30 drawings, comprise the exhibition, tracing Rembrandt’s crucial stages of his developing artistry. 

Till January 23, 2017 
Musée Jacquemart-André
158 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008

second empireThe Spectacular Second Empire 1852-1870 

The second most visited museum in Paris, Musée d’Orsay, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a bang. The spectacular show The Second Empire features paintings, sculptures, photographs, architectural drawings, objets d’art and jewelry from one of the most opulent periods in French history. The museum is also organizing a series of events related to the exhibit including four different guided visits, a documentary, concerts, an operetta, talks and lectures and workshops for adults and children. 

Till January 16, 2017 
Musée d’Orsay
1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 75007

Hommage a Violette Verdy

Violette Verdy was a French ballerina, choreographer, and dance teacher and was the first female director of the Paris Opera Ballet and the Boston Ballet. She was also a muse and inspiration for choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, who created specific works for her with the New York City Ballet. Verdy died earlier this year and the Paris Opera Ballet is having a special tribute to her important influence in modern dance. The piece has music of the Brahms-Schonberg Quartet and choreography by George Balanchine, with set and costume design by Karl Lagerfeld

October 22 to November 15 
Opera Garnier 
8 Rue Scribe, 75009

the treachery of images rene magritteMagritte –The Treachery of Images 

Belgian-born Rene Magritte was one of the defining artists of the Surrealist art movement in the early 20th century. Magritte’s work is being newly conceived in an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou based on five figures he frequently referenced: fire, shadows, curtains, words and the fragmented body. Over 100 paintings, drawings and archived documents question the use of resemblance and realism in Magritte’s work. 

Till January 23
Centre Pompidou 
Place Georges Pompidou, 75004

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