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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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Hot Topics - Exhibitions

 

Paris Disparu, Paris Restitué

Resuscitating Historic Paris

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“Bargemen Jousting between Pont Notre-Dame and Pont au Change” (1756), by Nicolas and Jean-Baptiste Raguenet © Musée Carnavalet/Roger-Viollet

Are the hundreds of tourists lined up to visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame every day aware that a layered history of Paris through the centuries lies right beneath their feet in the Archeological Crypt?

After a thorough cleaning and restoration of the site, the current exhibition, “Paris Lost, Paris Regained” (through December 2015), helps to make the vestiges of the city from Roman to medieval times easier to comprehend for non-experts in archaeology.

Historical information places the ruins in context, while sound effects re-create the ambience of the times, and a system of 3D

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Inside the crypt. Photo © Pierre Antoine.images shows visitors what the stone ruins in front of them looked like and how they were used in days gone by.

Probably the most fascinating vestiges on view are the ruins of the Roman baths, which used an ingenious system of sending hot air underneath the floor to heat the water and air. The 3D graphics help bring the place to life, making it possible to imagine real people not so different from us chatting and gossiping as they indulged in the pleasures of the baths. Heidi Ellison

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