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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: Habitat 1964, Ma Cocotte

Paris Update What’s New in Paris


Paris Update Habitat 1964

The Habitat stores might still seem to be the height of modernity, but the chain, founded by designer Terence Conran in 1964, is already half a century old. Those who are nostalgic for a beloved piece that was once part of their lives might just rediscover it – although at a much heftier price than they originally paid – at the new Habitat 1964 store (77, rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen) in a former warehouse at the Saint Ouen flea market. The friend I went with was delighted to discover the corner computer table he paid around €200 for 10 years ago selling for – get ready – €3,000. Individuals, by the way, can put their old Habitat pieces on sale here. Warning: Habitat 1964 will be closed Aug. 12-30.

Paris Update Ma Cocotte

While you are at the flea market, a meal at designer Philippe Starck’s restaurant Ma Cocotte is a must. The two-level bobo-filled bistro feels a bit like a food factory, but the food is fresh and tasty, the staff friendly and efficient, and the decor – Starck’s mash-up of flea-market finds and modern architectural touches – is endlessly amusing.