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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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Grenier des Grands-Augustins

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GOOD-BYE GRENIER?

Paris Update Grenier des Grands Augustins

One of the most magical places in Paris, the Grenier des Grands-Augustins, is being threatened with closure. Picasso lived and worked in this attic atelier in a 17th-century Left Bank building from 1936 to 1955 and painted his antiwar masterpiece “Guernica” there. Actor Jean-Louis Barrault, star of Marcel Carné’s Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) rehearsed there with his first theater company. Balzac’s short story “Le Chef-d’œuvre Inconnu,” about 17th-century painters Nicolas Poussin and François Porbus, was set in the building and was later illustrated by Picasso himself in an edition published by art dealer Ambroise Vollard. And the nine-year-old Louis XIII was crowned king of France in the building an hour after his father, Henri IV, was assassinated in 1610.

Since 2002, the Comité National pour l’Education Artistique, a nonprofit association that promotes art education for children, has been granted the free use of this beautiful space for its classes. It restored the atelier and uses it for free exhibitions and concerts, thus opening it regularly to the public. Now the building’s owners, the Chambre des Huissiers de Justice de Paris, is threatening to evict the CNEA, even though the association has found an angel willing to take on the lease: one of Picasso’s descendants. The case goes before the court today. We will keep you posted. Heidi Ellison

Update, July 12, 2014: Apparently the CNEA has been thrown out, but the studio has been classified as a historical monument. The case will go to court in September. The CNEA is constructing a new Web site, since its original one seems to have been pirated.