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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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SILVER 'BLUECARS'

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A potential user tries unsuccessfully to sign up for a silver Autolib' Bluecar, which can be seen outside the window.


Paris launched Autolib’(“lib” for “liberté”), the motorized counterpart to the Vélib’ bicycle-rental scheme, on Monday, allowing subscribers to rent an electric vehicle (called a “Bluecar,” even though it is really silver) for short periods. It’s a great idea, but the reality seems a bit less than practical. First you have to subscribe for a day, week or year, either on the Web or at one of the Autolib’ stations on the street. I watched on Monday as a new user tried to sign up while talking to an Autolib’ agent on a video screen. He had to scan his driver’s license and ID card (and give all his personal information – phone number, date of birth, etc. – aloud for everyone around him to hear). Nothing worked properly, and the system kept crashing, forcing him to start over again each time. Presumably the bugs will eventually be worked out, but the real utility of the plan is questionable: in most cases, taking a taxi would cost about the same or even less; the unattractive round stations take up lots of sidewalk space; and there is the frustrating possibility for users that the parking space they have reserved in advance is not available when they need it. The Ile-de-France-wide system started with 250 cars and will eventually have 3,000. Walkers beware: a pedestrian has already been run down (he survived) by one of the totally silent Bluecars, which he didn't hear coming. Heidi Ellison