Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bobino is still alive


Last night, on my way back home from the office, I passed by the rue de la Gaité a pretty "festive" street in the area of Montparnasse. I noticed a huge line at the entrance of "Bobino" one of the mythical music halls of Paris. The name Bobino is known to all Parisians but to be quite honest I thought it was now more or less closed. Browsing the web to know more, I found out that the place had been totally redone in 2007 and that they turned it into a Cabaret kinda place (like the Moulin Rouge or Le Lido) where you can enjoy fancy costumes and music. You'll find out more on their website. BTW, talking about music, here is a little piece that Vivky Hugo (a regular commenter) sent me today. Quite unexpected...

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46 comments:

  1. The shades of blue are magnificent! And once it again it appears that you have the weather at your whim because the cloud is absolutely perfect for this picture...

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  2. Gee, I thought Bobino was closed...got to check it out.

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  3. It's fun to be almost number one to comment today. I guess it'll never happen again, so i'll enjoy as long as I can.
    One thing I've never done in Paris i seeing one of these shows. I would love to one day. I usually stay at a hotel very near the Moulin Rouge but i've never been there. Has any of you ? Is it great fun ???
    I like the picture with the Parisian spring sky. I only wish I could be there.

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  4. I think the Manx Fairy Folk have deserted me for you, Eric. They seem to have taken my pure blue sky to you, and left me with a dirty grey cloud.Ah well, The composition, the sky,the light, the history lesson. Wonderful,but you do need to share the good weather.

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  5. Whaaa...It's fun, to me it looks like a typical 60's US picture. I am alone on it?
    It's superb, the sky is so pure ("night"?) and the lonely cloud creates such a great balance.
    I've never been there.

    About Vivky's link, I think he already gave us this present here, nice video.

    Funny thing in the 20minutes today (free newspaper in the tube), if you like to look at the Parisian girls, go head. It's in French I'm sorry. A book was published with all the places to meet beautiful girls in Paris. Just note down one thing: they live in the left bank of the city (where I live ;)).

    Guille who CAN'T sign in! :(

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  6. Whaaa...It's fun, to me it looks like a typical 60's US picture. I am alone on it?
    It's superb, the sky is so pure ("night"?) and the lonely cloud creates such a great balance.
    I've never been there.

    About Vivky's link, I think he already gave us this present here, nice video.

    Funny thing in the 20minutes today (free newspaper in the tube), if you like to look at the Parisian girls, go head. It's in French I'm sorry. A book was published with all the places to meet beautiful girls in Paris. Just note down one thing: they live in the left bank of the city (where I live ;)).

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  7. What a bright and lively photo Eric! I don't know if it's actually cold in Paris, but the blue sky makes it look like summer there. I can see how the fabulous sign alone would bring people in to Bobino. And yes Guille, it very much looks like a sign from the U.S. from the 60s!

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  8. I knew it was you Guille with the first word!

    Well Eric i'm not sure it's my kind of thing but i adore the photo! The blues, the isolated cloud mmmm gorgeous.

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  9. Eric: That same cloud passed over me yesterday, and I didn't have my camera with me to take a photo of it - so thanks!

    Guille: Now, THAT'S the kind of magazine article that would brighten up my day if I were metro-ing it to work . . or university . . . or just about anywhere, in fact. And I learned something from it, too: I really AM French!

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  10. Bobono"s ah. Sounds Like a good place to kick up your heels.

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  11. I love the clouds ... almost looks like they might be hoping to go to the show at Bobino's -:)

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  12. Guille I agree with you, the sign has a certain 60's look. Perhaps because it is from the 60's?

    Do the left bank huh..? Well, that's the side of the Seine I always choose to stay so, can tourist make part of that book list too?!! ;-)

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  13. Very Cool, brings back childhood memories when my mom worked at the Moulin Rouge in Hollywood (with the Rat Pack -- Sinatra and the gang) in the 1950's. My brother and I use to hang out back stage and in the dinning area. I have been to the Moulin Rouge in Paris, however, I was bored -- I'm not into looking at naked women, not my thing.

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  14. Alors, Conte Lucien de Crispin, vous êtes désormais Français. I was sure that it would please you.

    Monica, you can be part of the most beautiful girls if you stay in the left bank. I'm sure the French guys will agree with me!!

    Lynn, first word hu? I'm not surprised, my "whaaa" was SO French. ;)

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  15. Guille: When it comes to guidebooks on Paris, there are so many - and, indeed, so many GOOD ones - that it is essential they be sifted through with great care; culled with even greater care; and put onto one's "to read" list with the greatest care of all! Fortunately, being (as we have now established) at least PART French, I have absolutely no difficulty in distinguishing the diamonds from the dung in such matters. The volume you have introduced us today will, accordingly, find its way into my hands in the not too distant future: after, that is, I have made my way through the other thousand or so books I am obliged to read for my studies!!

    Speaking of which, I have been looking into the possibility of studying while I am overseas (either next year or the year after) and have been disappointed to discover that my university has no existing exchange agreement with any universities in Paris. I haven't given up on the idea, though, and will investigate the possibility further by having a word with the French department. I'll keep you posted on the outcome. In the meantime, I hope your studies are going well and that you passed your recent exams with flying colours.

    Votre sujet fidèle,

    Conte Lucien de Crispin

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  16. What an amazing cloud formation you photographed!

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  17. Ca, c'est du ciel bleu! Du bleu, du bleu, du bleu et juste un peu de coton, pur, blanc ! I'd like to dive into it.
    Bettina, you said it : that's a "parisian Spring sky". Though, yesterday, this blue sky was certainly not present all the time (I would said it was even rainy most of the time, wasn't it ?) ... But Eric, you just know how to make the perfect blue sky appear as you want, don't you ?

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  18. Looks like a fun place. Gorgeous blue sky!

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  19. Bettina
    I have been to Moulin Rouge a few times and it is fantastic. If you are the shy type, for your first visit, I recommend that you go with at least 4 people. The food is not incredible but still good and if you add the dinner to the show is good value.

    As for nearly getting to GF, keep trying, one day you get there!

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  20. Ahh, this reminds me of Le Zèbre, a place near where I lived for a year or so in Belleville right at the start of my Paris life. And old place with a rich history in danger of disappearing forever. Nice one.

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  21. Oh really Guille? I thought it was simply so Guillemette the 1st !

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  22. A lovely little photo, a discovery by the rue de la Gaité, the Bobino club, fascinating…the shy solo traveler arrives apprehensively. ;) We learn something new here everyday (if only the PDP counted towards college credits)! Prof. Eric. :)

    Wow, thanks for posting the video link. It was really wonderful! I didn't know about Pangea Day. :)

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  23. I am so psyched-first having opened up to this beautiful photograph. Does anyone else see the profile of a puppy face in the cloud shape leaning in towards the sign? Or is that just me seeing my little yorkie in everything I look at? Either way I am a big fan of sky & clouds & this photo has such nice contrast in its content.
    Secondly I am so touched by the video. I never heard of Pangea day either but now I will be celebrating it as well. Thank you Eric!

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  24. Oh! & I should add, thank you Vicky as well!

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  25. I love the colors, the blue hues are great.

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  26. I thought again about this photo and it's definitely the kind of picture that influenced the Pop Art precursors like De Kooning, Rauschenberg or Jasper Johns. The advertising, road signs and neons invade the city, the space of reality becomes space of representation. Eric, I have to show you what I'm talking about, because I know it's little bit abstract!
    I like this one.

    Lynn, LOOOL.I'm a French cliché! ;)

    Lucio,
    This guidebook is a little bit special, but I'm sure it will be useful! Bullsh** or serious sociological survey? Well, please follow the guide and tell us! ;)
    Too bad that it doesn't exist any exchange agreement.Isn't weird? I'm sure it's possible to find a link between your studies and the studies provided by the French Universities. Don't try the Parisian ones but the ones of suburbs. I live in Paris and didn't manage to go to La Sorbonne because my high school (!) was in suburbs. Go figure. I'm afraid that your cause is a lost cause...
    My studies are going well, I passed my semester in Art History, and Law too (I'm glad!). Thanks to ask. What about yours?

    Guillemette the First, as known as GF (hehe)

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  27. Bettina, I forgot to mention, I left the Moulin Rouge after I watched the immortal CanCan -- that was something to see!

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  28. Name reminds me of a pizza joint back in Illinois I used to frequent. I guess Vegas has nothing on Paris. I love the angle of this photo.

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  29. Congrats Guille for your exams in Art History and Law (even if it's only half of them)!! My 'skills' are much more in Law than in Art History, but I would have loved to study Art History too. Actually, I can't say much about 'the Pop Art precursors like De Kooning, Rauschenberg or Jasper Johns'!! What a pity!
    I like to picture lawyers like you: open-minded and positive!! Good luck for the following exams, I'm sure you'll pass easily. Yes you will!!

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  30. I have never heard of Bobino, but clearly that cloud is the star of this photo. It's very whimsical looking - almost too perfect to be real!

    Guillemette the First, are you studying to be une avocate? I did not know. My degree is in law, but I think Art History sounds much more interesting! Good luck! Exams are the one thing I'm glad I don't have to take anymore.

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  31. Well, Eric, this is the end of the evening of my layover in CDG and after dinner we walked down rue Monparnasse with all those crepe places to Gaiete. I could NOT find Bobino! But what interesting streets. There were so many theaters to choose from, I can see why the street was named Gaiety. Beautiful walk, nice night, thank you for opening up another area to all of us. P.S. Michael, I was still holding up hope that your plans cancelled.

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  32. You are in Paris PHX? And you wnet to rue de la Gaité?! It is an interesting street isn't ? Love some theaters (and I'm not talking about the sex shops LOL).

    How come you did not find Bobino?! That is really weird.

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  33. Guille: Just kidding, of course, about the guidebook.

    As for there being no exchange agreement between my university and any in Paris, I'm not too upset (or surprised). There are other options in Europe, Britain, Canada and America that are also possibilities, and it might be better to study in an English speaking city and just have Paris as a place where I can consider myself to be more or less on holiday. We'll see...

    I've submitted my first lot of work for this semester, but won't know how I've scored for another few weeks. I'm happy with what I've written, though, and am actually looking forward to the research (i.e. long) essays I will soon have to start getting stuck into. For Art History, I'm thinking of writing on either Caspar David Friedrich or Georges Seurat - but this may change when they finally release the topic list, as there are many other artists - both major and minor - who would also make interesting subjects.

    Fortunately, I don't have any exams this semester.

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  34. Corinne,
    Thank you for the message! Oui,ce n'est que la moitié de l'année, mais j'ai bon espoir pour la suite. On verra bien.
    It's not a pity, everyone has different backgroung and different studies and we can learn from everyone, different things. So I'm sure that the 7th of May, I'll learn a lot from you!

    Pont Girl,I don't want to be une avocate!;) Just anauctioneer if it's possible. Or something else if I change my heart...

    Everybody made Law studies here or what?! :)

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  35. Guille: Do you know the expression "to be a law unto oneself"? Well, that's the only law I've ever studied, but I have several friends who are either on the way to becoming lawyers or beginning to WISH they were, as jobs in academia (if you are an arts graduate) are pretty thin on the ground. But, as I said, I am well versed in being "a law unto myself" and intend to carve out a niche for myself - as I always have - regardless of how things might appear.

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  36. Guille I didn't. My major in college was Social Communication/Journalism.

    Lynn is a journalist too right? Just like our cher Eric.

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  37. Waaaahhhh...Waahhhh!! I posted a link to that youtube "France sings for the USA" a while back!!! LOL!!!

    But I do love the "Bobino"...Merci!!

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  38. Lynn learnt Law too if I remember, she spoke about a barister job or something...
    Lois to, pont girl too, Corinne too etc etc. ;)

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  39. Wow. I think that last "O" in Bobino just blew a smoke cloud!

    Eric, thanks for the link to the French choir singing the US national anthem (all the verses, no less!). I recognized so many of the settings from photos you've shown us (especially the bicycle rider!)or places I'd seen. I liked that it was in black and white. It's the first I've heard of this goodwill movement. I was touched by the film. Un vrai ami vous dira la vérité de vous. De Layfaette jusqu'à aujourd'hui, la France a été que l'ami à nous.
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  40. Eric,
    Thanks so much for sharing the French choir singing the US National Anthem. It was just beutiful! I have tears in my eyes after watching them sing.

    Sandy in Central Illinois, USA

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