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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris

English-language theater festival

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

Pre-Edinburgh play
> Sugar Baby, by Anne Penketh and starring Holly-Rose Clegg, will play in Paris before moving on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  La Chapelle des Lombards, Paris, May 20.

Annie in English
> The International Players present the musical Annie. Le Quai 3, Le Pecq, May 18-21.

Late-night art
> Museums stay open into the night for free and hold special events for the Nuit Européenne des Musées. Various locations. Paris, May 16.

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
> 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. Opening night: May 18. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

All that jazz...
> Jazz acts ranging from amateurs to big names at the Festival Jazz à Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 11-22.

Literary Latin Quarter
> Readings, book signings, storytelling, concerts and more at the Quartier du Livre festival. Various venues, Paris, May 17-24.

Emerging artists
> The Salon de Montrougehas been exhibiting the work of young artists every year for 62 years. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, through May 24.

Plays from all over Europe
> The Chantiers d'Europe festival presents theatrical performances from Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Croatia and the United Kingdom. Théâtre de la Ville–Espace Pierre Cardin, May 2-24

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

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.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Emmanuelle Cuau’s Pris de Court, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 19.

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

Paris Update What’s New in Paris

SILENT MOVIES
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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.

WHICH WINE GLASS?
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.

BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT BURGERS
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.