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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.

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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Bureau faceB: This Paris architectural firm has won a competitition to build a

Paris Update Bureau faceB bridge

new pedestrian bridge over the Seine at the tip of the Ile de la Cité that will wobble when people walk on it, thanks to cables strung from springs.

Poésies: Paris Update contributor Nick Hammond has just published his ninth book, an edition of poems by a fascinating, little-known 17th-century French poet, Denis Sanguin de Saint-Pavin, an openly bisexual, physically disabled, non-religious aristocrat who traveled in royal circles and was a friend of Madame de Sévigné.

Etoile Lilas:
A new art-house cinema complex has opened in the 20th arrondissement, with seven screens, a large terrace landscaped with trees, a Japanese restaurant and an Irish pub. The programming includes master classes by directors, festivals and a film club for children.

Galeries Lafayette: To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of its famous stained-glass dome, the department store has a new light installation on its facade and on the dome, plus an exhibition, “1912-2012: Chroniques d'un Parcours Créatif” (through Jan. 26), put together by Rem Koolhaas's OMA agency.