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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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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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AU WC FOND DU COULOIR

I remember seeing this in the United States about 15 years ago, and now it’s catching on in Paris: restaurants that take their name from their address. In Paris we have, among many, many others, Le 1 Place Vendôme, Le 4 Place Saint Germain, Le 7 bis Monceau, Le 10 République, Le 16 Haussmann, Le 20 de Bellechasse, Le Cherche Midi 22 and Le 23 Clauzel. Some of them use only part of their address, like Le 2 Bis Café (on Rue des Ecoles), the Passage 53 (at 53 Passage des Panoramas) and one called simply “Le 3” at 3 Rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie. I suppose including the entire address on the sign and menus would have bankrupted them. Taking the concept into somewhat new territory, a restaurant opened in the 9th arrondissement last year with the name 37m2. Yes, the Thirty-Seven Square Meters. It’s quite good although, obviously, small. But it made me wonder: if this trend for matter-of-fact “found” names for restaurants continues, we could soon see bistros called Le 18 Tables, Le 5,300 Euros Par Mois, Au WC Fond du Couloir (Toilet Down the Hall) or possibly Le Mon Beau-Père L’a Financé Dans l’Espoir Que Je Fasse Quoi Que Ce Soit (My Father-in-Law Financed This Place in Hopes that I Would Do Something – Anything – with My Life). David Jaggard

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