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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

"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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For those who are interested in the craft of writing, the play-reading workshop Moving Parts holds readings of original, unpublished pieces for the stage and screen every two weeks at Carr’s Irish Pub and Restaurant (1, rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris). The readings are held downstairs in a titchy little room, occasionally crossed by waiters on errands.

Last Sunday, I attended a reading of three one-act plays by Gwyneth Hughes, nicely read by actors Laura d’Arista, Elena Odessa, Benjamin Perriello, and Kim Tilbury.

Stephanie Campion organizes the readings, which begin at 7:30pm. There is time afterward for audience comments intended to help the writer hone the text, so your remarks may help in the act of creation.

Then break for the bar upstairs, complete with a tinkly piano playing the old standards.

The next reading will be held on March 20, with authors Gaelle Arenson and Gail Noyer.

Pierre Tran