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IMG_4456Three days to go and isn’t the Cours looking wonderful?  It’s such an imaginative idea to wrap the trees in this delightfully dotty fabric….4km on 60 trees according to La Provence.  The artist is an 85 year old Japanese lady called Yayoi Kusama who had a major retrospective at Tate Modern last summer. 

Everyone today seemed happy to see the trees – lots of people taking photos.  It’s all part of the art trail of 13 works to be launched on Saturday which promises to turn the town into an open-air gallery.

Here’s what else will be happening:

12:00 Tapis Rouge – a red carpet will be rolled out from the Rotonde to the Grand Théatre de Provence.  There will be acrobats and musicians and we have been promised an aerosculpture of red balloons.  ‘Keep Looking Up’ urges the publicity. 

12:15 Group Urban Sax will be playing – 30 saxophonists, 10 singers and 3 dancers.

13:00 A tight-rope walker will be linking the Grand Theatre with the Pavillon Noir – that should be fun…something I have never seen before.

Same time -ish, the Patrouille de France will be in their planes performing an aerial ballet – I will ‘Keep Looking Up’!

In the meantime, the Musée Granet’s new exhibition ‘Cadavre Exquis’ will have opened (12:00).  It’s a show based on a surrealist game where one work of art prompts another and will incorporate 15 painters, writers, photographers, dancers and musicians.  No?  Me neither but I look forward to finding out!  All the museums in town are free over the weekend.

So, after all that, maybe you will have the energy to set off to Marseille for La Grande Clameur and the light show?  It all looks very exciting but if you’ve had enough for one day, there will be television coverage on France 3 at 15:30 and 20:10.  The museums in Marseille are free all weekend too.  MUCEM which won’t be open will however have a ‘portes ouvertes’; but there are two new venues, both of which look exciting: http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=34acec6974542c6ab86b76d07&id=6daf1eb63f&e=d3b39f27c9


And finally….I don’t believe Cézanne was much into pointillisme. 

What would he have made of this spotty tree outside his old bedroom window?  I like to think he would have liked it!

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At last – ‘Indian Palace’ arrives at the Mazarin cinema in Aix this week.  Called ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘ in the UK, it has a cast which includes some of Britain’s finest actors.

Judi Dench, newly widowed,  is one of the pensioners who chooses to go to India to live in the eponymous hotel.  Along with her is Maggie Smith who, far from her ‘grande dame’ persona, does a splendid turn as a East End racist. Of course Bill Nighy is excellent in an unhappy marriage with Penelope Wilton. What will happen when these assorted characters arrive in India?

The run-down hotel, managed by Dev Patel from ‘Slumdog Millionnaire’, is not at all what they were expecting, but India works its charm on most of them and their lives begin to take new shape.

It’s a light film, romantic, well-scripted and of course impeccably delivered; for me it was a great opportunity to spend a couple of hours transported to the delights, the colours and the scents of Jaipur. 

Out in DVD on Wednesday is Carnage, Polanski’s film about two couples who meet up to resolve issues following a spat between their sons.  It was originally a stage play, so all the action happens in one place – a far cry from having a cinematic trip to Jaipur.  But again good acting carries the day – Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster are brilliant.

France 3 has some interesting programmes this week.

‘Des Racines et des Ailes’ which features regions of France on Wednesday focuses on the world’s 5th biggest French-speaking city – Londres!  It’s always fascinating to see the UK through French eyes. 

Thursday night sees an excellent film ‘Le Concert’ – the story of a Russian conductor who is removed from his post because he won’t sack Jews from the orchestra.  Reduced to being a janitor in the theatre, one day he intercepts a fax requesting the orchestra to travel to play in Paris – and he decides to recreate his old orchestra – a moving story.

Finally Thalassa on Friday is featuring Porquerolles. A must-see.

Happy Viewing!

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