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Humor on the hoardings spotted before the first round of the French elections: “John Goodman (Jean Gentilhomme) for President,” the candidate of the “Nice Peoples' Party. That would make a change. © Paris Update












Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?


> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, through May 2.

Retail heaven
> You can buy just about anything at the century-old Foire de Paris, a gigantic pop-up store. Porte de Versailles, Paris. April 27-May 8.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, through April 29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Boukhrief’s La Confession, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 28.

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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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those who are interested in the craft of writing, the play-reading workshop Moving Parts holds readings of original, unpublished pieces for the stage and screen every two weeks at Carr’s Irish Pub and Restaurant (1, rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris).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