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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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Halloween

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French kids have been slow to catch on to the niceties of trick-or-treating.

When I saw the little girl picking her nose, it reminded me to buy candy. Wait – perhaps some explanation is in order: Having lived in France for a couple of decades, I tend to ...

halloween in paris

French kids have been slow to catch on to the niceties of trick-or-treating.

When I saw the little girl picking her nose, it reminded me to buy candy.

Wait – perhaps some explanation is in order:

Having lived in France for a couple of decades, I tend to forget about Halloween, which was essentially unheard of here until a few years ago. Last Sunday it was brought to my attention when I saw a very cute little girl walking with her mother up Rue des Martyrs, decked out in an elaborate witch costume, complete with plastic broom and flat-brimmed conical hat, and elaborately reaming out her nostrils as she picked her way through the crowd of shoppers.

This, by which I mean seeing her in the Macbeth gear, reminded me that I needed to pick up some sweets for our concierge’s sons. Aged 10 and 11, they caught on to trick-or-treating two years ago and started dressing up in minimalist, half-baked disguises, mostly involving face painting with what looked like mom’s eyeliner, and making the rounds of the apartments in our building hoping that someone would help them raise their blood sugar. So now my wife Nancy and I stock a few bonbons for them on Halloween, but they still haven’t really understood the concept.

I say this because:

1) They don’t say “trick or treat” or whatever the French equivalent would be (if there is one). In fact they don’t say anything. They just ring the doorbell and stand there waiting for goodies. And they don’t have any goodie bags to put them in if and when they get them.

2) This year they didn’t even have costumes. They just rang the bell and waited for loot.

3) Then they came back about 45 minutes later, perhaps figuring (rightly) that we still had a few pieces of candy left. I guess the neighbors didn’t come through.

Anyway, we had stocked about two dozen little chocolate ball things and had only given out six -- three apiece to the two boys -- so we just gave them another double handful and that was it for Halloween around here. As my wife Nancy put it, “That wasn’t trick-or-treating, that was glycemia-driven home invasion.”

David Jaggard

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