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Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Contemporary art fair

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"Le Port de Carnon" (2016), by Vincent Bioulès, at Galerie La Forest Divonne, Art Paris.

> Art Paris: 144 galleries. Grand Palais, Paris, March 30-April 2.

Celebrating crafts
> Artisans open their studios, hold exhibitions and give demonstrations of such crafts as jewelry-making or woodworking for Les Journées des Métiers d'Art. Various locations, Paris, March 31-April 2.

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 Thierry Fremaux's Lumière, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, March 31.

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: Sunken Chip, Lobster Bar

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SOMETHING FISHY GOING ON

Paris Update Sunken Chip fish chips restaurant Paris

What could be a more appropriate location for Paris’s new chippy (fish and chips shop in British slang) than the rue de Vinaigriers (vinegar makers) in the 10th arrondissement? Fans of the deep-fried fast-food favorite are already lining up at the Sunken Chip (39, rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris; tel.: 01 53 26 74 46) and fighting for seats at the cramped shared wooden tables. The white-tiled interior is clean and bright, the service friendly and efficient, and the primary product nicely cooked and not too greasy, with bright-green mushy peas, good chips and plenty of Sarson’s malt vinegar on the table to drown them in. Sausage sandwiches and chip butties (French-fry sandwiches) are also available. Warning to true aficionados: the “classic” version is made with merlu (hake) rather than the traditional cod (presumably because the latter is endangered) and the serving of fish is distinctly smaller than what is generally found in the British Isles.

Paris Update Lobster Bar restaurant Paris

For a rather more sophisticated fishy snack, try the Lobster Bar (41 rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris; no telephone; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), which specializes in lobster rolls. Once again, the serving of fish is smaller than what any New Englander would expect, and the mayonnaise-y sauce is a bit bland, but the fries are good and the ambiance and service laudable in this little restaurant handsomely decorated in wood and brass like the interior of a boat. While I enjoyed my lunch there, it did make me long for one of the gourmet lobster rolls with superb fries that Daniel Rose occasionally offers at his restaurant Spring. Heidi Ellison