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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

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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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C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque

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Spotted by reader Daniela Bak

Thanks to the widespread success and even widerspread renown of a certain American women’s wear retailer known for its titillating (and some would say asinine) catalogs, the English word “secret” has come to mean “lingerie” in French. The shop shown here, whose name evokes the French expression jardin secret (literally “secret garden”; figuratively, “whatever the hell you want to imagine that it might mean”), raises the bar on English abuse by sprinkling apostrophes around like royal heads under the guillotine.

It reminds me of what is perhaps my most favorite ever violation of English usage and common sense: There used to be a self-styled “Irish pub” here in Paris called the James Joyce, whose magazine ads invariably gave the name as (brace yourself): “Jame’s Joyce.” A’s though every s’ingle ’s’ ha’s to be s’eparated from s’ubs’equent or previou’s letter’s by it’s own apos’trophe.

David Jaggard

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