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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: Le Café des Chats, Le Fantôme

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

KITTY-CAT CAFE & CHIC ARCADE

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Customers can pet and eat at the same time at Le Café des Chats.

Do you get bored sitting around in cafes? If so, two new spots in Paris offer activities that will keep you well occupied. The most unusual by far is Le Café des Chats (16, rue Michel Le Comte, 75003 Paris; tel.: 09 73 53 35 81), a place so popular that you have to reserve in advance just to have a coffee (lunch and dinner are served as well) and at least a week in advance for a weekend visit. The 12 housecats, who live in the basement, are free to roam around the café soaking up love from the cat-worshipping (why else would they be there?) customers while they eat and drink. The kitchen is the only place that is off-limits to felines. The other day, I met a visiting couple from California who were there because they missed their own cats, while others just go for the therapeutic effects of petting a purring pussy. The owner seems to have taken every precaution to ensure that the cats are in good health and that the café is hygienic.

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The foosball machine gets a workout at Le Fantôme.

For an entirely different kind of entertainment, non-cat lovers might prefer Le Fantôme (36, rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris; tel.: 09 66 87 11 20), a big, trendy café (from the owners of chic nightclub Le Baron) with vintage furnishings and a number of retro arcade and bar games like Pac-Man, pinball and foosball, to be enjoyed with a beer or creative cocktail in hand. Heidi Ellison