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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Stick up for science
> The Paris March for Science begins at 1pm at the Jardin des Plantes (Place Valhubert), April 22.

Silent films from Switzerland?
> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, April 20-May 2.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, April 19-29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

Take home a winemaker
> Winemakers from Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux come to Paris to offer tastings of their products in wine bars and private homes for the event J’Irai Déguster chez Vous. Various venues, Paris, April 20-22.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Bedos’s Monsieur & Madame Adelman preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 21.

Polaroid pix
> The “Expolaroid” exhibition features Polaroid images by nine artists. La Maison des Ensembles, Paris, through April 25.

Binge-watching
> Festival Séries Mania shows TV series from around the world and holds debates, conferences and special guests like Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” all for free. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 23.

Travel yarns
> Travel fanatics get together at the Paris Travelers Festival to swap tales of their adventures. FIAP, Paris, April 22-23.

Street art indoors

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The gallery Art in the Game will be showing works by Felipe Pantone at the Urban Art Fair.> Some 30 galleries show street art at the Urban Art Fair. Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 20-23.

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.

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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LOVE LOCKS' LABORS LOST

“Love locks” have come to Paris. In case you’re unaware of this phenomenon, it has become a fad for lovers to solemnize their passion by inscribing their names on a padlock, snapping it onto the railing of a bridge and throwing the key in the water. To the dismay of the city authorities, who consider it a form of vandalism, this has become a thing to do on the Pont des Arts and the Passerelle Léopold-Senghor, footbridges across the Seine. The city cleared the Pont des Arts of padlocks in May, but I walked across it recently and saw dozens of new ones. The thing I don’t quite get, though, is their distribution. Seems to me if you’re going to go to the trouble of buying the lock and getting your names engraved on it and doing the little key-chucking ceremony, you’d want to be towards the middle of the bridge. But many of the locks are at the two ends, some quite near the steps that lead down to the sidewalk. Think about it: a lock in the center of the bridge says, “Darling, as we clasp this padlock to this bridge, linking the two banks of the City of Light, so shall our two hearts forever be linked, clasped in undying love. Kiss me...” whereas a lock at the mouth of the bridge says, “There! I love you, dammit! Now lose the dress.” David Jaggard

Reader Helene (Elaine) Breakstone writes: Au contraire, to my love and me, the locks are formidable. We placed ours during our annual Valentine's Day trip to rain-swept Paris this year. As we closed the lock, a rainbow suddenly appeared above us. And as he threw the key into the Seine, a barge passed by – bearing my name: Hélène. A double miracle!

Reader Celeste Manley writes: "My husband and I were in Paris in April, noticed the locks and wondered whether this was a kind of performance art, new fad, just what? We asked the very hip concierge at our hotel who always seems to be tuned in to the latest trends and he knew nothing. Question answered. Merci."

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