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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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What's New in Paris: Facebook Censors Jeu de Paume, Russian Church & the Eiffel Tower, Ouigo Low-Cost Train

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

THE FACEBOOK ART OF CENSORSHIP
Do robots decide what to censor on Facebook? Probably. Earlier this month, the photo below, by Laure Albin Guillot, whose work is currently on show at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, was removed from the museum’s Facebook page because it violated “community standards,” and the page itself was shut down for 24 hours. The museum reposted the photo with the “naughty bits” blocked out, and said it would no longer post nude photos in spite of their artistic value.

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WILL A RUSSIAN CHURCH SPOIL THE VIEW FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER?
The golden domes of a Russian Orthodox Church that is to be built near the Eiffel Tower (at the corner of Avenue Rapp and Quai Branly) have been causing an uproar. The plans were approved by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2010, but after complaints about its “pastiche architecture” from Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, the project will now be redesigned by French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.

I GO, YOU GO, THEY GO, OUIGO (CHEAPLY)
The SNCF, the French railway authority, has introduced a new low-cost train service, called Ouigo, running between Marne-la-Vallée (Euro-Disneyland-land) and the south of France. Only one class is available, and you have to pay extra for such luxuries as a suitcase (€5), electrical outlet (€2) or pet (€30). Prices start at €10 (€5 for a child under 12), but vary depending on demand, so reserve early. We just booked a hypothetical mid-week round trip in April to Avignon for one person for €50.