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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

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

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> 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. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

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

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.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

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: Paris Guide Archi, My Paris Street Art

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

TOURING PARIS WITH AN IPHONE

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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