Oct 7th, 2015, 12:55 PM

Five Free Galleries to Visit this Weekend


In a city known for its world-class museums, from the Louvre to the Musée d'Orsay, Paris's contemporary art galleries can often be overlooked. Beyond the blockbuster museum shows, Paris boasts a vibrant contemporary art scene that has much to offer. We have selected five of our favorite contemporary art galleries that will give you a sense of the breadth and diversity of today's art scene in Paris, without draining your wallet.

Oct 7th, 2015, 12:04 PM

A Fur Faux-Pas


Animal rights activists have worked for decades to exploit the unethical and inhumane methods in which fur garments are created. Perhaps most famously, PETA, or People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has gone to extreme lengths to show the world how awful the fur trade can truly be. The organization is not wrong; fur farms and hunters can be horribly cruel in their methods of the capture and the killing of animals. Many fur farms use the least expensive and most harmful killing methods possible.

Oct 7th, 2015, 11:43 AM

Under Renovation!


AUP is continuing its work on the improvement of the campus buildings. Last year, it was the Amex in Combes and this year we have the Grenelle Building. Unlike the Amex which is a social area meant for hanging out with friends and having some food and drinks, the Grenelle Building will be for academic work.

Oct 7th, 2015, 11:28 AM

From Censorship to Luxury: The Journey of an Iranian Photographer


In 2005, Asadeh Avichy left Tehran, Iran, and moved to Paris with hopes of gaining more freedom to pursue art. Today, at the age of 34, Avichy is working for the most prestigious luxury brands in the world, while running her own art project on the side. She tells us about making it in Paris as a foreigner and the dangers of being a controversial artist in Iran.

Oct 7th, 2015, 09:46 AM

Nuit Blanche 2015 Raises Climate Change Awareness


Saturday night was warm and wild in Paris as the city celebrated its 15th Nuit Blanche, or ‘White Night,’ a tradition originating in Russia that has now taken root throughout Europe and parts of North America. The northern arrondissements of Paris hosted most the activities, and people of all ages swarmed the streets until dawn. Nuit Blanche is a festive occasion to be sure, bringing together art, food, live music, and incredible crowds.

Oct 7th, 2015, 03:14 AM

Go Thrifting at a Vide-Dressing in Paris


Paris’ streets and its locals are used to seeing to the monthly “brocantes,” during which dozens of people in different neighborhoods set up tables and tents for a day to get rid of everything they can, ranging from clothes to furniture. It is getting harder and harder to reserve a slot at these markets, and no one really wants to be sitting in the cold all day; and, let’s face it: brocantes are not really your typical definition of glamour.

Oct 6th, 2015, 09:32 PM

Explore French Prostitution at the Musée d'Orsay


Red rooms, dimmed lights, and naked ladies: welcome to "Splendour and Misery," the Musée d'Orsay's revelatory exhibit about prostitution in France. Through an extensive collection of paintings, photographs, objects, sculptures, and video, "Splendour and Misery" sheds light on the often obscure subject of prostitution in France from 1850-1910. 

Oct 5th, 2015, 11:38 PM

Dylan Goes Electric and the Birth of the Hipster

Fan: “You don’t know who I am, but I know who you are.”
Bob Dylan: “Let’s keep it that way.”
Tuesday, May 17, 1966. Some of the greatest musicians of the 20th century assemble on-stage at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.  At the front of the group, Bob Dylan stands, the target of a barrage of jeers and boos from a large group of people firmly situated on the wrong side of history.
Oct 5th, 2015, 11:26 PM

Surviving in Paris Without French


“Do you put condoms in the jam, Madame de La Charriere?”

This was my translated attempt of speaking French and asking my host if she adds preservatives to her homemade jam -- an embarrassing language lesson for me, as she stifled her laughter and leaned over to explain that préservatifs actually means "condoms" and that the word I was looking for was conservateurs

Oct 5th, 2015, 08:56 PM

Drop the Mic: N.W.A Has Something to Say

"Straight out of the Compton? I don’t get it, who is this exactly?" questioned my professor as I pitched the idea to review the newly released movie about the controversial late 80’s rap group N.W.A.  
To be honest, I asked myself the same question.