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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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C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque

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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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