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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: Paris Guide Archi, My Paris Street Art

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Paris Update Guide Paris archi app

Rue Mallet-Stevens in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, from the app Guide Paris Archi. © L’Architecte 1927/BHVP/ADAGP 2008

The Pavillon de l’Arsenal has launched a free application for iPhone, Guide Paris Archi, offering photos and details – date, architect, plans, description – on 1,200 Paris buildings constructed in the 20th and 21st centuries. Thanks to its geolocalization function, you can look up a building that catches your eye while strolling the streets of Paris or take a self-guided tour of the city’s modern architecture. Some stellar Modernist buildings are grouped in the 16th arrondissement, for example (search for “Mallet-Stevens” or “Le Corbusier”). New buildings will be added periodically.

I tested another free app based on a great idea and developed by the city of Paris, My Paris Street Art, which is supposed to show official photos of murals around the city as well as images contributed by users, but I could not get it to work. If anyone has better luck, please let me know. Note to app developers: please don’t use pale gray for explanatory text, it is nearly impossible to read. Heidi Ellison