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Cherry blossoms in Giverny. © Paris Update


Paris Update What's On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Contemporary art fair



"Le Port de Carnon" (2016), by Vincent Bioulès, at Galerie La Forest Divonne, Art Paris.

> Art Paris: 144 galleries. Grand Palais, Paris, March 30-April 2.

Celebrating crafts
> Artisans open their studios, hold exhibitions and give demonstrations of such crafts as jewelry-making or woodworking for Les Journées des Métiers d'Art. Various locations, Paris, March 31-April 2.

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 Thierry Fremaux's Lumière, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, March 31.

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


This week’s sign is not a strange business name choice due to idiocy, but rather a strange business name pairing due to laziness. Or lack of budget. Or idiocy.

It’s an eatery in the area south of Pigalle, which, as explained in a previous C’est Ironique, used to be home to dozens of “hostess bars” (read: clip joints) but is now, due to socioeconomic changes that are devastating the cleavage-based extortion sector, turning into a normal commercial district.

Many, if not most, of the former fleshpots have closed in recent months, to be replaced by enterprises that actually provide real goods and/or services in exchange for honest prices. There goes the neighborhood!

A case in point is this purveyor of “bagels and delicacies” that took over the premises of the now-defunct Eros bar. And didn’t bother to take down the old sign or change the façade much.

So for now, at least, it’s Eros Bagels. I promise not to make a cream cheese joke, but while I have everyone’s attention I would like to point out that, despite what I keep seeing in the American press, NO ONE IN PARIS EVER CALLS THE SOUTH PIGALLE DISTRICT “SOPI”! Sorry to yell. But seriously, I’ve been living here for decades, am not a hermit, and have never once heard anyone say that.

David Jaggard

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