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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris

English-language theater festival

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> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Pre-Edinburgh play
> Sugar Baby, by Anne Penketh and starring Holly-Rose Clegg, will play in Paris before moving on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  La Chapelle des Lombards, Paris, May 20.

Annie in English
> The International Players present the musical Annie. Le Quai 3, Le Pecq, May 18-21.

Late-night art
> Museums stay open into the night for free and hold special events for the Nuit Européenne des Musées. Various locations. Paris, May 16.

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
> 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. Opening night: May 18. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

All that jazz...
> Jazz acts ranging from amateurs to big names at the Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 11-22.

Literary Latin Quarter
> Readings, book signings, storytelling, concerts and more at the Quartier du Livre festival. Various venues, Paris, May 17-24.

Emerging artists
> The Salon de Montrougehas been exhibiting the work of young artists every year for 62 years. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, through May 24.

Plays from all over Europe
> The Chantiers d'Europe festival presents theatrical performances from Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Croatia and the United Kingdom. Théâtre de la Ville–Espace Pierre Cardin, May 2-24

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

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.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Emmanuelle Cuau’s Pris de Court, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 19.

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: Louxor Cinema, Crillon Auction

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

ART DECO CINEMA REBORN
One of the sadder sights in Paris for many years was the Louxor “Palace of Cinema,” which began showing silent films in 1921, sitting abandoned at the crossroads of the Boulevard Magenta and Boulevard de la Chapelle. The city of Paris came to the rescue in 2003 and bought the building,

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which had been listed as a historic monument in 1981. Today the neo-Egyptian beauty was reopened as a movie theater with its original decor re-created and two new screening rooms

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The Louxor from the street (top) and the ceiling of the main screening room. Photo: E. Chaix/Mairie de Paris

in the basement. The cinema will show arthouse films, with a special focus on movies from the Southern Hemisphere. There is also a café with a view of the Sacré Cœur. Check the Web site for other events: retrospectives, debates, activities for children, etc. Click here for a video tour of the Louxor.

CRILLON SELLS OFF ITS CONTENTS
Now closed for a two-year renovation, the stately Hôtel Crillon on the Place de la Concorde is auctioning off all its contents. Everything must go, from the mirrored bar by French artist César and porcelain by Sonia Rykiel to the reception desk,

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Twenty-eight Directoire-style chairs decorated by artists and designers will be auctioned for charity on April 21 at 2:30pm.

Louis XV-and XVI-style furnishings, Lalique crystal chandeliers, wall sconces, mini-bars, towels and bathrobes, as well as the contents of the wine cellar. The sale, handled by Artcurial/Briest-Poulain-F.Tajan, will take place in the hotel itself over a five-day period, April 18-22. Click here to see the catalogue.