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Only one week left to see “Iconomania” (through March 31) at the Maif Social Club, a new cultural space opened by the Maif insurance company in the Marais. This fascinating exhibition showcases young artists using new technologies to explore the meaning of the image in today’s society. One of the coolest examples is the magical sound installation “Akousmaflore” (2007; pictured above) by Scenocosme (Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt): when visitors touch the leaves of a group of hanging plants, the plants talk back, producing a variety of birdsongs. Another, which reminded me of the Wooly Willy toy on which children use a magnet to draw beards and mustaches on a face, is “Portrait on the Fly” (2016) by Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer: when you stand in front of a white screen, your portrait forms from thousands of “flies.” Free admission. Heidi Ellison

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Drawing through the ages

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"Apples" (1944), by Henri Matisse. Eric Coatalem Gallery.

> Salon du Dessin: 39 galleries showing works on paper, from Old Masters to contemporary. Palais Brogniart, Paris, March 22-27.

Contemporary drawing fair
> Drawing Now: 73 galleries, Carreau du Temple, Paris, March 23-26.

More contemporary drawings
>Ddessin: 20 galleries. Atelier Richelieu, Paris, March 24-26.

Art and design fair
> PAD (Paris Art + Design),
67 galleries, Tuileries Garden, Paris, March 22-26.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, March 23-May 28.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Audrey Dana's Si j'Étais un Homme, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 24.

Documentary film festival
> Cinéma du Réel showcases documentaries from around the world. Various venues, Paris, March 24-April 2.

Suburban blues
> The Banlieues Bleues festival brings major French and international jazz acts to the Paris suburbs. Various venues, through March 31.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 13.

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