JULIEN DORÉ WORTHY HEIR TO SERGE GAINSBOURG’S THRONE

Julien Doré est de retour…Tous les détails sont dans Riviera Buzz. Julien Doré is back…All the details are in Riviera Buzz.

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French heartthrob Julien Doré will be wooing his Riviera fans next March when he plays the Palais Nikaïa in Nice.

When it comes to creativity, the French musical scene has been enjoying a rich harvest over the last few years. From Daft Punk and Phoenix, who have already conquered the world with their electronic sound, and from Christine and the Queens to Jain whose first efforts are currently topping European charts, there has been no shortage of talent and originality.

ut if one had to choose the name of just one artist who perfectly symbolizes this renewed success of the “Chanson française”, it would probably be that of Julien Doré.

With his playful approach to music, his poetic lyrics, his crooning vocals and his good looks, the young singer/songwriter – he is only 34 – is the current undisputed king of French pop for fans and critics alike.

Born and raised near Nîmes, in the South of France, Julien is the great-great-great nephew of Gustave Doré, famed illustrator of the literary works of the likes of Balzac, Milton, Cervantes and Dante. After attending the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he founded two Indie rock bands before auditioning for Nouvelle Star, the Gallic version of Pop Idol, where his memorable reinventions of French, British and American classics led him to a resounding victory.

Since then, Doré’s first three albums, Ersatz, Bichon, and Løve, have produced many hits, such as Les Limites, First Lady, Paris-Seychelles and On attendra l’hiver, and the brand new one, &, which he recorded in his family’s chalet in Saint-Martin-Vésubie, promises to be as successful, if not more. The first extract from the album, Le Lac, has been the song of the last few months, thanks to the catchy lyrics and the video, which sees Doré dancing with Pamela Anderson by a lake.

His wacky music videos also contribute to what makes the singer so popular. In Les Limites, he was boogieing with a burlesque star holding a chicken, while Catherine Deneuve made a cameo appearance on roller skates in Les Figures Imposées.

As one of the heirs of the great Serge Gainsbourg, Julien Doré is definitively keeping the tradition of colourful pop music thriving in France and his 2015 Victoire de la Musique for best artist of the year will undoubtedly be followed by many more awards.

Julien Doré plays the Palais Nikaïa in Nice on Thursday, 23rd of March 2017 at 8:00 pm. Tickets range in price from 32 € to 49 € and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or booked online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais Nikaïa
163, boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice

Tel: +33 4 92 29 31 29

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MEET THE HAND THAT FEEDS AT YOUR LOCAL HIVE

Une belle initiative pour manger sain. A nice initiative to eat healthy!

A pop-up farmer’s market in Nice with an online approach to selling produce is proving to be a hugely popular initiative.

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As the weeks pass, the lines of people waiting in front of Nice’s main station of a Thursday evening to receive their order of fresh fruit and vegetables are getting longer … a sure sign of success for what is probably the best food initiative of the last few years, La ruche qui dit oui! (The Hive that Says Yes!)

Created in Toulouse by culinary designer Guilhem Chéron and web project manager Marc-David Choukroun, this food assembly movement is a connected sales network, where local customers can buy quality produce directly from farmers in their region. This is done through an online platform which sets out details of the food-buying hubs, the “hives”, made up of farmers, dairies, bakers and so on, that are all based within a 100 mile radius.

Customers sign up for free and select their local hive. Each week, they can browse each producer’s personalised web page and select their items. Once their order has been placed and paid for, they receive a confirmation number and all they have to do is to turn up at the allotted time and place to collect their goods from the producers themselves.

Easy to use for customers and financially beneficial for sellers who receive a pre-tax turnover four times better than what they would receive from a supermarket chain, these pop-up markets are first and foremost a way to cut out the middlemen in order to offer organic food at a reasonable price. Customers can also get all they need at one single place while producers no longer need to spend long hours at a market not knowing how much they’ll sell. For everyone involved, it is a great way to meet face to face and create a community through food.

The movement is showing no signs of slowing down and has already spread to many other European countries, including the U.K. where it won the Best British Food Initiative at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in 2015, for “making a positive difference to how and what Britain eats, and is showing the Industry the way forward”. As for the Riviera, no less than 12 hives have been set up so far from Grasse to Beausoleil.

 

Image courtesy La ruche qui dit oui!

 

MARILYN MONROE PHOTO EXHIBITION UNDERWAY IN AIX

Eternelle Marilyn! Eternal Marilyn!

Between glamour and tragedy, a new photo exhibition in Aix-en-Provence shows how Marilyn Monroe fashioned her legendary image.

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In the mind of many people around the world, she was the ultimate sex-symbol, and decades after her death, it is undeniable that her image still remains closely linked to the golden years of Hollywood and the American Dream. And because Marilyn Monroe loved the camera and was loved in return by photographers, the Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence is now celebrating the glamorous icon with a beautiful exhibition entitled ‘Marilyn – I Wanna Be Loved By You’. The exhibition runs until next Spring.

 

Curated by Sylvie Lécallier, head of photo collections at the Palais Galliera in Paris, and Olivier Lorquin president of the Musée Maillol in Paris, this event presents some sixty photographs, mostly on loan from private collectors. The photographs were taken by some of the most famous artists of her day, such as André de Dienes, Milton Greene, Eve Arnold, Cecil Beaton, Sam Shaw, and George Barris, as well as numerous multimedia materials, showing how the actress skillfully managed to create her own legend.

From a very young age, Marilyn had developed a strong interest in photography, devouring movie magazines to escape her sad childhood, and through the lens, we see her transforming herself from a shy starlet named Norma Jean to the sex goddess that so perfectly captured the collective imagination.

As for the blonde bombshell, posing for photographers was not only a way to enter a fantasy world in which she played a role, it also became, towards the end of her life, her only mean to set aside the fictional character she had created and show her true self. For a long time, she was seen as the embodiment of the ideal woman, beautiful beyond words and seductive, but also slightly dumb and uneducated. But through the years, she started cultivating her interest in poetry, art, and literature, reading many books, and marrying writer and intellectual Arthur Miller. And at the same time, thanks to the trustful relationship she had with photographers, she came to give a glimpse of who the real Marilyn was; a seductive and playful diva, yes, but also a fragile and vulnerable woman.

This will to control her image is clearly evident at the end of the exhibition, when on the contact sheets of “The Last Sitting”, the photo shoot the star did with Bert Stern just six weeks before her death, the pictures she did not like are simply crossed out.

‘Marilyn, I Wanna Be Loved By You’ runs until the 1st of May, 2017 at l’Hôtel de Caumont in Aix-en-Provence. Open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Regular ticket costs 13€, and reservations may be made online.

CONTACT DETAILS
Hôtel de Caumont
3, rue Joseph Cabassol
13100 Aix-en-Provence

Tel: +33 4 42 20 70 01

 

LUCKY LUKE TURNS 70 THIS AUTUMN

Une étape importante à célébrer!  An important milestone to celebrate!

Lucky Luke is turning 70 this year, and with nearly 80 adventures under his belt, he’s definitely looking good for his age!

The lonesome cowboy Lucky Luke is back this November with a new addition to the classic series, La Terre Promise (The Promised Land), which sees the comic strip hero help a Jewish family settle in the Wild West.

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Created by Belgian cartoonist Maurice de Bevere (aka Morris), Lucky Luke first appeared in the Almanach issue of the famed comic book Spirou,before shifting to Pilote magazine after Asterix’s legendary father, René Goscinny, started collaborating on the albums. Since then, many big names of the 9th Art have been carrying out the work of Morris and today, it is French illustrator Achdé who is at the helm of the series with, for the first time this year, the help of scriptwriter Jul.

Despite all those changes, our cowboy remains a true legend in the world of comics. Known as “the man who shoots faster than his shadow” because of his tremendous speed with the gun, Luke has been cruising through the Far West all those years with his faithful companion, Jolly Jumper, the brightest horse in the world, and his somewhat way less intelligent canine friend, Rantanplan, fighting crime. His most recurring foes are the Dalton Brothers who he has put behind bars countless times, but our hero has also run into Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill, Jack London, Abraham Lincoln, and many other well-known historical personalities.

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This time, in La Terre Promise, our hero is being asked by his friend, Jack, to look after his family since he doesn’t want to confess to them that he is a cowboy and not a New York lawyer. So Luke has to travel with a very religious grandfather, a mother who insists on feeding him stuffed fish, a daughter in search of the ideal husband, and a young boy more interested in the game of poker than in his bar mitzvah.

So, Happy Birthday cowboy, and here’s to many more wild adventures to come!

 

All images courtesy Lucky Luke Comics on Twitter

FOR THE LOVE OF DANCE: MONACO CELEBRATES ITS BALLET COMPANIES

Deux expositions pour le prix d’une cet automne à Monaco. Two exhibitions for the price of one this fall in Monaco.

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Two exhibitions currently underway at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco highlight the important role played by dance in reinforcing Monaco’s standing on the international cultural scene.

It is undeniable that the history of Monaco is closely linked to that of dance. From Serge Diaghilev’s famed Ballets Russes, which revolutionized ballet at the beginning of the 20th century with its fusion of art, movement and music, to the modern-day Ballets de Monte-Carlo who are in high demand worldwide thanks to the avant-gardist works of his artistic director Jean-Christophe Maillot, the tiny principality boasts a long tradition of excellence and innovation in the field of choreography.

Two exhibitions currently underway at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco serve to reiterate the influence of dance on the Monegasque cultural scene.

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The first one “Designing Dreams, a celebration of Leon Bakst”, which is running until the 15th of January at the Villa Sauber is bringing into focus the creations of stage-designer Leon Bakst who designed sets and costumes for the Ballets Russes in the 1910’s and early 1920’s. Drawing his inspiration from the ancient cultures of Greece, Persia and Siam but also from Russian folk art, Bask managed to perfectly combine the atmosphere of Slavonic orientalism with a more modern style. Famous for his love for bright colours and his extravagant designs with refined details, the artist’s sets and designs were definitively a huge part of the success of Diagilev’s productions, such as Cleopatra (1909), Scheherazade (1910); Narcisse (1911) andDaphnis and Chloé (1912).

In total, more than 150 drawings, models, and costumes from the collection of the museum itself and from the permanent repository of the Société des Bains de Mer, as well as works by artists such as Jean Cocteau, Valentine Hugo and George Barbier, who contributed to the diffusion of the famous “Art Décoratif de Leon Bakst”,are displayed in a unique scenography inspired by the concept of dreams.

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Simultaneously, the Villa Paloma is plunging visitors into the exciting world of choreographic creations. Inaugurated last September by H.R.H. Caroline of Hanover, the “Dance, Dance, Dance exhibit is a three-phase projects that focuses on body movements and different rhythms, from rehearsal to public performances. It thus includes various live performances but also a workshop that brings together dancers, choreographers and stage designers as well as many debates on the multifaceted aspects of this art.

Designing Dreams, a Celebration of Leon Bakst runs until the 15th of January, 2017.
Dance, Dance, Dance runs until the 8th of January, 2017.

 

The museum is open every day from 10am until 6pm. Closed on the 1st of January, 2017. A ticket for both villas costs 6€.

 

CONTACT DETAILS

NMNM – VILLA PALOMA
56, boulevard du Jardin Exotique
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 98 98 48 60

 

NMNM – VILLA SAUBER

17, avenue Princesse Grace
98000 Monaco

Tel: +377 98 98 91 26

 

All images courtesy NMNM