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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: Plaisirs Démodés de Paris

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Paris Upate Plaisirs Demode de Paris

What do tourists love most about Paris (aside from the Eiffel Tower)? Its charming old-fashioned bistros and shops. Unfortunately, these old-timey treasures are disappearing one by one. A new book, Plaisirs Démodés de Paris, by Christophe Destournelles and Christophe Lefébure (Parigramme, in French) helps you find some outdated pleasures that have survived, ranging from the last old-style vespasienne in Paris (see David Jaggard's article on the subject) to the last bougnat (firewood and coal seller), with the added attractions of plenty of handsome photos and relevant quotes from writers like Marcel Proust and Paul Morand. You can also find out where to get an old phonograph repaired and where to get your fortune told. Some entries are purely atmospheric, about snowy days in Paris, for example. A little more factual information and an index would have been welcome. Heidi Ellison