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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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Hot Topics - C'est ironique !

 

C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque

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Photo by Michael Goodwin, submitted by Jordan Grossi

Yes, the word “dong” is a rather childish and mildly obscene anatomical term in American English, but it’s also, by sheer coincidence, a common word in Vietnamese. For something. A recent linguistic research project comprising quick glances at the top three or four results of two separate Google searches indicates that it might mean “eastern” and/or “money” (the country’s unit of currency is the “dong”).

In any case, there are a lot of Vietnamese restaurants in France, and a lot of them, like this one in Belleville, have the word “dong” in the name. So let’s all just act like grown-ups here and avoid making cheap fun of another culture. Now let’s stop and go back to acting like a bunch of nine-year-olds on nitrous oxide.

Jordan, who sent me this one, expressed his deep regret that he failed to take a photo of a now-closed restaurant in Antibes that was called “Lady Souper Dong.” I’m sure we all share his sorrow.

David Jaggard

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