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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: Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Guy Degrenne, Big Fernand

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La Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, keeper of the archives of Pathé, the film production company founded in 1896, has opened a new cinema in the 13th arrondissement showing only silent films, accompanied by live piano music. Ticket-holders can also visit an exhibition of antique movie cameras and projectors, and admire some fabulous posters dating from the toddler years of filmmaking. All this is housed in a spectacular new snail-shaped steel, glass and wood building designed by Renzo Piano, mostly hidden behind the historic facade of the cinema once located on the site, adorned with sculptures by Rodin. The archives (pictured above) can be consulted by appointment.

Tableware retailer Guy Degrenne recently invited Paris Update to a wine tasting, conducted by Manuel Peyrondet, sommelier at the Royal Monceau Hotel, designed to demonstrate that different types of glasses for different types of wine really do make a difference. It's true, especially for Bordeaux, which tasted rounder and less tannic in a traditional Bordeaux glass than it did in a medium-sized tasting glass.

Quality hamburger joint Big Fernand continues to expand its small empire with a new location in Paris suburb Boulogne-Billlancourt, at 60, rue de Sèvres.