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Cherry blossoms in Giverny. © Paris Update


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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.












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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