Concierge’s Newsletter n°24 – December 2011 

Illuminations on the Champs Elysées
From November 19th 2011 to January 2nd 2012

Champs elyséesAlong with the stunning illuminations on the world’s most beautiful avenue, no less than 160 authentic (made in the Vosges) chalets line the Champs-Elysées between the Rond-point and Place de la Concorde.

An ideal place to stop off at to do some shopping or enjoy some mulled wine and taste regional products: foie gras, ham, champagne, etc. And why not have a ride on the big wheel to get a breathtaking view of the Champs-Elysées and the Christmas illuminations

Patrick Roger, chocolate artist

108 boulevard Saint Germain     75006 Paris

Patrick RogerA sculptor of flavours, he treats chocolate like a raw material which he transforms into giant 80-kilo creations or wrapped sweets in metre-long boxes.

The subtlety of flavours, the combination of textures and the sublime aesthetics of the creations are what makes the gourmet world of Patrick Roger so fascinating, offering such refined excellence.

Constantly striving for innovation and perfection, he loves to cause a stir with skilful combinations and majestic sculptures.

Game Story  /  Grand Palais
November 10th 2011- January  9th 2012

Game storyThe video game is a young media that appeared at the start of the 1970s and has evolved constantly, perfecting its techniques, and establishing itself as a major cultural industry.
From the start, the new media has been at the centre of much discussion and analysis, focusing essentially on its social or personal impact on users. This exhibition consequently sets out to explore different angles: aesthetic and cultural.
The interactive hands-on exhibition offers visitors the chance to try out a selection of some eighty games, consoles and computers, tracing the history of video games from their appearance in the 1970s to the present day. It presents the imaginary worlds, serials, genres and graphic styles spawned by the video game. Combining animated imagery, music, dialogue, complex scenarios and interactive operation, video games have, over the years, become a cultural object in their own right and a veritable mode of expression.

Boris Vian  / BNF
October 18th 2011- January 15th 2012

Boris VianHolder of the Ecole centrale (College of engineering) diploma, Boris Vian worked only a few years as an engineer and preferred to devote himself to writing. He used the pen name of Vernon Sullivan, pretending to be the translator, to publish « J’irai cracher sur vos tombes », written in the style of American violent thrillers. Though the novel was considered as a shocking one and censored, three other works by Vernon Sullivan were published until 1950, which tainted the writer’s reputation. After the publication of « L’Ecume des jours », the novels signed with his own name went unnoticed.

In 1953, after the failure of « L’Arrache-coeur », he turned away from fiction writing to devote himself to songwriting and worked as a songwriter, singer and artistic director at Philips records company. He also created theatrical works and cabaret musicals.

The exhibition invites visitors to follow in Boris Vian’s footsteps from Saint-Germain-des-Prés to the Collège de Pataphysique, from jazz clubs to cafés where committed intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir spent a lot of time.

Musée de la grande guerre du pays de Meaux

MuséeThe exceptional collection that the Museum of the Great War of the Pays de Meaux conserves and presents has its origins in the work of a private collector, Jean-Pierre Verney, a self-taught man who is an acknowledged expert on the First World War. Jean-Pierre Verney started collecting items at the end of the 1960s.

Unlike most collectors, his aim was not to put together an exhaustive collection, but to be able to tell the History and the stories by using objects astransmitters of memory: armaments and artillery, objects from daily life on the front and from the rear, large items, over 200 complete uniforms representing all combatant nations (35 countries), newspapers, photographs, glass plates, posters, postcards, drawings, letters, engravings, paintings, etc.

The collection is one of exceptional diversity. It “expresses emotion, lassitude, anger, pride, separation, and a large part of the visible or obscured facets of the event” explains Jean-Pierre Verney, who has collected almost 50 000 objects and documents. Acquired in 2005 by the Communauté d’Agglomération du Pays de Meaux, the collection is to date the largest in Europe to address the Great War under all its aspects

Stefan Filey

Stefan Filey Stefan Filey is really a multi-talented artist : arrangement and production, singing and song writing, this accomplished musician can do everything. Born in the seventies, he’s been singing since he was six years old. West Indian by blood and by soul, his music-loving parents very soon introduced him at an early age to Motown artists as well as to blues and jazz. His first outlet for his love for music was at church.

Inspired by great singers such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Donnie Hathaway, Sly Stone, Al Green and Smokey Robinson, Stefan started to work on his first album named ”Soul Influences”, which came out in 2002. His debut album marked him as a precursor in a trend which has never yet been fully developed in France. As a matter of fact, Stefan opened the doors wide for French soul singers who had been struggling for years. They can thank him for finally drawing the attention of majors who started to sign contracts with them.

Stefan Filey is determined to share his unique style of French soul with all music lovers… He is now promoting his new EP “The Lost album”.

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