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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

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, through May 28.

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BEGGARLY TRENDS

Believe it or not there are trends among beggars. I’m thinking here in particular of the ones who sit on the sidewalk with a little cardboard sign that they hope will arouse sympathy. Apparently they are not, as a group, very literarily inclined, because I often see panhandlers with identical messages on their signs. I suppose one of them gets what seems like a good idea and then everybody copies it. On the Boulevard de la Madeleine this summer there was a sudden surge of beggars with signs bearing a two-part appeal: “Aidez moi pour manger. Dieu vous protège” (“Help me so I can eat. God protect you”). Trying to arouse the spirit of Christian charity in a mostly Catholic country – fair enough. However, not only did a single person make up the message, a single person must have mass-produced the actual signs, because they all have the same layout problem. It’s a glitch in the line breaks, not aided by the lack of punctuation: the top line, in big bold, readily legible letters, says “Aidez Moi Pour Manger Dieu” and “vous protège” appears in small, faint letters underneath. So the message you get if you’re striding briskly by is, “Help me so I can eat God.” Now there’s a charitable cause I can gladly support. David Jaggard

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