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Popular music of 19th century Paris occured in cafe-concerts, cabarets, music halls, and dance halls. These were also the places of popular culture. Parisians from all walks of life came to these places to listen, watch, and/or perform. Music wasn't the only form of entertainment. There were also poetry readings, clowns, dancers, and even monkeys at some of these places. Cafe-concerts, cabarets, and dance halls were places to meet friends and have some drinks and food. They were also places to bring families. Painters met with each other in cafe-concerts to talk about art. Many Impressionists found inspiration from cafe-concerts. Manet and Degas produced many paintings devoted to the cafe-concert. Toulouse-Lautrec also painted many scenes and portraits with the popular culture motif.