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There are posters all over town for Le Salon Sm’art which starts on Thursday in the parc Jourdan. This is a very large gathering of 170 artists – painters, sculptors, photographers, designers and gallery owners – which began back in 2006. It was previously held in the grounds of a château near Pont de l’Arc which was fine until one year it poured and we visitors had to contend with an awful lot of mud to see the exhibits. So it’s good news for the 14000+ expected visitors that it’s now in town. With so many exhibitors, you are bound to find something interesting – they usually have some very challenging and stimulating artists involved. You can see some examples on www.salonsmart-aix.com which has an English translation (good) but why on earth (and here comes an Aixcentric hobby-horse) don’t they get one of the many expats around town to run an eye over their English? They are promising “the desire to create, the fun to seduce”…my goodness. It’s on from 3rd-7th May.

Elsewhere on Thursday is a one-day conference on the subject of France’s highly controversial bad-boy novelist Michel Houellebecq who will be making an appearance. I recently read his Goncourt-Prize-winning novel ‘The Map and the Territory’ which I found to be fascinating, challenging and thought-provoking, unlike ‘Atomised’ which was misogynistic and unpleasant. The conference features various academics talking on aspects of his work – in French. From 18:00 there will be readings from his work by actors in the presence of Houellebecq. At the Cité des Livre: http://www.citedulivre-aix.com. The conference is organised by www.univ-amu.fr, contact absa.ndiaye@univ-amu.fr.

Finally, a pleasant place for a light lunch, just a few paces from the cours Mirabeau.  A group of us tried ‘Basilic & Citronnelle’ which is a small restaurant at 5 rue de l’Opéra.

They offer a plat du jour, various quiches and also an assiette végétarienne (pictured right).  They have home-made pâtisseries for afters and with coffee, the bill came to just under 20€ each.  It’s open every day except Sunday, lunchtimes only.  04 42 27 58 77.

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