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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

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"Apples" (1944), by Henri Matisse. Eric Coatalem Gallery.

> Salon du Dessin: 39 galleries showing works on paper, from Old Masters to contemporary. Palais Brogniart, Paris, March 22-27.

Contemporary drawing fair
> Drawing Now: 73 galleries, Carreau du Temple, Paris, March 23-26.

More contemporary drawings
>Ddessin: 20 galleries. Atelier Richelieu, Paris, March 24-26.

Art and design fair
> PAD (Paris Art + Design),
67 galleries, Tuileries Garden, Paris, March 22-26.

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 Audrey Dana's Si j'Étais un Homme, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 24.

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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ONLINE ON THE RAILS

France is famous for its excellent high-speed train service, but one high-tech feature has until now been conspicuously absent: the Internet. That will start to change now that a combined Wi-Fi/satellite service is being offered on the TGV Est line on a trial basis before it is rolled out on other lines. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the service is not free. An hour online costs €4.99 with a prepaid card that can be purchased online or in the train’s bar car. The card can also be used for other pay-as-you-go “Box TGV” multimedia services: films, music, adult or children’s games, newspapers, destination guides, etc. Some services are free, while others cost as little as €0.49. On the inaugural run to Nancy for the press last Friday, few of the journalists aboard were able to connect, but that was apparently our fault: the system wasn’t designed for so many users. Let’s give the SNCF the benefit of the doubt and hope they will be able to work out the kinks so we can surf and ride the rails at the same time. Heidi Ellison