Monday, 15 November 2010

Winter Entertainment

The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and the beautiful autumn leaves have fallen from the trees and are quickly being turned into mushy compost on the pavement. And it keeps raining.

Finding things to do indoors suddenly seems like an extremely good idea.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve discovered two good live music venues to recommend for a rainy evening in Paris. At the end of October, I went to Le Sentier des Halles to see Bitter Ruin, a male/female duo whose music whose style, according to a review on the website, is “noir indie folk”. For “noir indie”, try substituting “gothed up” and you’ll have some idea of what the music was like: you could hear the folk basis but it was dramatic, emotional and great to see performed live. I also liked the venue a lot – it was intimate and friendly but still pretty cool.

The next weekend, I went to the Flèche d’Or, which is in a converted station in the 20th, next to Père Lachaise cemetery. Entrance is 8 euros, which includes 4 euros towards a drink and performances by up to 4 live bands. It was a bigger venue than the Sentier des Halles and a bit empty when we went in, but it quickly filled up as the more popular bands came on. I personally didn’t like the music so much, but there was plenty of variety and it could definitely have been a place for a fun night out.

Most recently, I went to see Draquila at the cinema. I’ve posted more about it on my Italy blog, but if you have any interest in Italian politics (or corruption and scandal) it’s a must-see.

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