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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.




Hot Topics - C'est ironique !


C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque


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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