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Left to right: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Ferris Wheel. © Paris Update


Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

"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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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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