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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

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"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

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Sometimes I think the commercial enterprises of Paris are engaged in a competition to see who can come up with the most meaningless, inexplicable trade name. Consider this storefront on Rue de Dunkerque.

“Poping”? It doesn't sell religious paraphernalia, so it has nothing to do with that dogma cat in Rome. In fact, since it's a service (“temporary rental of sales and event spaces), it doesn't sell any goods at all, so it isn't even a shop.

My best guess is that the owners wanted the name to evoke the word “pop as in “pop-up store, and forgot to double the “p. And then forgot to call me in as a branding consultant. It's too bad — I would have been glad to grant them an audience and engage in some infallible pontificating. Perhaps I should open a shop...

David Jaggard

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