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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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LOVE THAT AMERICAN CULTURE!

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"Des Hommes et des Dieux" ("Of Gods and Men") was one of the top five French films in France in 2010 and may be nominated for an Oscar.

A few miscellaneous statistics to kick off the new year:

• In 2010, 62 of the most popular TV series shown in France were made in America, led by The Mentalist.

• The French went to the movies more often last year than they had in 2009, with attendance up 2.7 percent, representing 206 million spectators, a record for the past 40 years. Once again, they showed an overwhelming preference for American products: nine of the top 15 films were made in the States. The five most popular French movies were Les Petits Mouchoirs, Camping 2, L’Arnacœur, Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men, France’s candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and certainly the most highbrow of the top five movies) and Arthur 3.

• On the museum front, the Louvre also set a new record last year, with 8.5 million visitors.

• The French may be culture vultures, but they are not too smart when it comes to smoking. In spite of a number of recent anti-tobacco moves, the number of regular smokers has risen by 2 percent over the past five years, to 28.7 percent of the population.