Posts Tagged ‘Rians’

Today in La Ciotat, the oldest cinema in the world, the Eden, is re-opening.  I can’t wait to see the restored building.IMG_2488   This photo shows the dilapidated building back in the spring of 2012 when we walked past there.  A dedicated group of locals was determined to save the cinema and the MP2013 programme was key to making it happen.  The 6m€ budget came from regional authorities and the Ministry of Culture: the centre is part of drive to capitalise on the attractions of the area, not only for tourists but also for film-makers.  The opening ceremony tonight with Juliette Binoche as MC will be showing the Lumiere Brothers’ film of a train arriving in La Ciotat which so terrified the very first audience back on 21st March 1899.  Lots of background on the cinema itself and surrounding activities here http://www.mp2013.fr/evenements/2013/10/re-opening-of-the-eden-theatre/?lang=en

Right up-to-date now, the Renoir is showing from today, La Vie d’Adele which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. This love-story between two young girls garnered fulsome praise from the UK critics – I wonder what the Lumiere Brothers would have made of it!  

Tomorrow afternoon, the Renoir has a 4th showing of Pompei, the film of this summer’s blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum in London.  It’s such an easy way of seeing an exhibition – no wonder the first 3 sold out – Thursday 10th at 15:40.

last daysFriday, Saturday and Sunday are the last days of the Grand Atelier du Midi exhibition at the Musée Granet (Aix) and the Musée Longchamps in Marseille.  The Granet is going to be open until 23:00 hours on those days for the retardistes as they charmingly call those of us who haven’t seen it.  Both of these exhibitions are lovely and well worth a last minute viewing.

Now on to things opening: The ‘Le Corbusier and the Question of Brutalism’ expo begins at the J1 gallery in Marseille on Friday 11th October.  It will show 250 original works and runs til 12th January; while in Aix, the 3rd in the series ‘Tisser des Liens’ entitled ‘A Fleur de Peau’ starts on Saturday at the Pavillon de Vendome.

And finally – for something completely different – the Fete de la Courge at Rians.  I’m sorry to be missing it this year as it’s such a fun event. Rians is a very untouristy Var village which has lots of community events – a good chance to see a ‘normal’ Provencal village at play!  There are stalls of courges, squashes, pumpkins – not sure of the difference but had no idea there were so many types.  In the Salle des Fetes they display the largest courge, the strangest shaped courge etc – and outside at long tables, serve soup made from…. You got it!  It’s well organised with easy parking in an adjacent field.  They even have a fun courge-y website: http://www.fetedelacourgerians.fr/

Enjoy it all!

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No excuse for being bored! 

Saturday 13th October sees the opening of a new exhibition at the Musée Granet, ‘La Montagne Blanche’.  Photographer Bernard Plossu has spent much time walking around and up the Sainte-Victoire, a mountain he loves, and the exhibition will show 107 of his pictures.  In parallel, the Vieille Charité will have an expo of 230 photos of Marseille, taken over the past 15 years.  It must be a challenge finding new angles for both these subjects so it will be interesting to see what M. Plossu has produced.

While on the subject of our famous local mountain, the Maison de Ste-Victoire launches its expo on the Priory tomorrow.  It was a shock to me when I first climbed up there to find an entire church!  Apparently it dates from the 17th century and was renovated fairly recently.  Poor workmen. It’s bad enough hauling a rucksack up there. 

Now, I have read about this new show in the local press but can’t find any confirmation online.  The Maison de Ste-Victoire is at Saint-Antonin and is a beautiful place to sit and have a coffee.  It’s open daily 10-18:00hrs.  Aixcentric will investigate!

If you are interested in local history, the Académie d’Aix is holding a study day on Saturday at the Cité du Livre, with their eminent members giving half-hour talks on different aspects of life in town 1900-1912.  It’s to launch ‘Aix au Temps de Paul Arbaud’, a new book celebrating the life of the collector and academician.  9:30-17:00hrs. Free.  Thanks to Simone for this info.

If you prefer to get out of town and enjoy the countryside, check out the new issue of  ‘En Balade’ which has just hit the news-stands. This has lots of ideas for outings including 10 hikes, each accompanied by tips on where to eat and where to stay.

The destinations featured for weekends away in this issue are Avignon and Hyeres.

And finally…….the Fête de la Courge takes place this weekend in Rians.  It’s great fun.  I had no idea that courges came in so many different shapes, sizes and colours. Don’t miss the competitions for the heaviest/strangest-shaped courge. Lots of stalls – Rians is very much en fête for this event – well worth a visit.  Easy parking in a big nearby field.  http://www.fetedelacourge-rians.fr/ This website has details, recipes and information on all the different types of courge!  Thanks to Nasse for this tip.



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