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Left to right: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Ferris Wheel. © Paris Update


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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What's New in Paris: Night Lights, Centquatre attractions

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

The lights will go out in Paris on July 1, 2013. Or at least the lights in office buildings and store windows, as of 1am daily, for environmental reasons. Luckily, city centers that are tourist attractions are spared this new ruling from the Ministry of Ecology, so Notre Dame will still glow in the dark and the Eiffel Tower will still sparkle.

Centquatre, a cultural center on the edge of Paris, becomes more and more interesting with time as its huge spaces fill with new attractions. In addition to free Qi Gong courses on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, it now has a an upscale thrift store, Emmaüs Appartement; an organic market (11am-2pm on Saturday) featuring local producers; and, one Saturday per month, a free bal populaire. Explore the Web site for other activities.