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Left to right: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Ferris Wheel. © Paris Update


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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Paris firemen of yore in a gym.After the terrorist attacks last November 13, which some of my friends witnessed up close, I wondered how one should react in such a horrific situation and then had a brainstorm: Paris’s sapeurs-pompiers (firemen) could offer classes on what to do to protect oneself and others. I never communicated this great idea to anyone, however. Luckily, someone else had the same stroke of genius, and free two-hour classes are now available on Saturdays at 1:30pm and 4pm in a few firehouses in Paris and its suburbs. For more information, click here, then on “La brigade de sapeurs-pompiers de Paris” (under the heading “Missions de sécurité civile”) and then on “Inscrivez-vous aux formations des gestes qui sauvent.” Make sure you sign up in advance, since there is room for only 15 people in each class. Heidi Ellison