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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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I live in an old building in Paris, dating from about 1800, before apartments had plumbing. The old communal overhead-tank-and-chain WCs on the stairway landings and the cold water taps on the top and ground floors are still there. But the apartments now have toilets inside as well, of course, added one by one over the decades. Since it requires a lot of effort and expense to install a large-diameter waste pipe for a toilet drain in an existing building, whoever installed the bathroom in my apartment opted for a “sani-broyeur” (literally “sanitary shredder”): a regular-looking toilet with a big plastic box behind it containing an electrical grinder that reduces whatever’s flushed away into a purée that can flow out a regular-sized drain pipe.
It works fine, except that like all electrical appliances it has a lifespan. Mine is about 15 years old and is starting to have trouble “choking it all down,” so to speak. So just to be prepared I started calling plumbing companies to see what’s involved in replacing it. I found a specialist in this type of fixture who sent a plumber out to do an estimate. For €600 he proposed their top-of-the-line model, which is called the “Sani-Broyeur Pro.” Yes, “Pro” as in “professional.”

My question is this: Professional what? Not the “Mormon Compound” model or the “Sumo Training Camp” model or the “Cruise Ship in a Hurricane” model. The “Professional” model. Presumably for people whose careers are going down the crapper. David Jaggard

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