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Humor on the hoardings spotted before the first round of the French elections: “John Goodman (Jean Gentilhomme) for President,” the candidate of the “Nice Peoples' Party. That would make a change. © Paris Update












Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?


> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, through May 2.

Retail heaven
> You can buy just about anything at the century-old Foire de Paris, a gigantic pop-up store. Porte de Versailles, Paris. April 27-May 8.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, through April 29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Boukhrief’s La Confession, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 28.

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: Pop-Up Shops

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& Friends by Kapok: menswear by up-and-coming designers.

Pop-up shops have sprung up all over Paris in anticipation of the holidays. Here’s a quick look at a few of the more interesting ones:

& Friends by Kapok (4, rue Commines, 75003 Paris; through Feb. 14) features chic menswear by up-and-coming designers from around Europe. Smith-Wykes offers handsome classic clothing with a twist, such as a cotton flannel shirt with a polo collar or a parka with hand-warming pockets, as well as elegant letter tablet cases. Other great gift ideas include camouflage briefs by The White Briefs, cashmere bowties by Flouzen, and kicky handmade shoes by You Footwear.

Around the corner, La Boutique Ephémére (Galerie Joseph, 7, rue Froissart, 75003 Paris; through Dec. 22), has a wide range of accessories by a hundred young designers.

Young designers – 34 of them – are also in the spotlight at the nearby Flash Design 

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The Cornette lamp by Well Well Designers at the Flash Design Store.

Store (5, rue du Perche, 75003 Paris, through Dec. 24), with accessories, design objects and small furnishings.

Les Petits Frenchies (10, rue du Château d’Eau, 75010 Paris; through Dec. 24) sells accessories for men, women and children, all made by up-and-coming French designers. Don’t miss the wooden bowties. Click here for the online store.

On the other side of town, the Gekay (48, rue Didot, 75014 Paris; through Dec. 24) pop-up store offers original gift ideas with street-art photos by the artist Gekay along with related design objects. Heidi Ellison