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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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A group of independent Left Bank well-being professionals have banded together to create a kind of personalized mini-spa, the Studio des Grands Augustins, where physiotherapy or Pilates classes can be followed by a two-hour massage, for example, or a “barre aquatique” session – dance movements practiced in a private pool, a new exercise technique developed by a physiotherapist-osteopath and taught by dancers from the Paris Opera. The idea, says Xavier Mehat, the latest addition to the group with his Paris Palms massage service, is to offer both curative and preventive services, enabling clients being treated by


physiotherapist Jean-Christophe Guillaumot, for example, to strengthen their muscular system with Pilates and/or relax with a massage. The different practitioners consult with each other to optimize a shared client's care.
Mehat, a masseur with nearly two decades of experience, has created his own magical blend of tui na, a Chinese massage technique based on Taoist principles, and lymphatic drainage massage, adapting his technique to the needs of each client. Mehat speaks English and German in addition to French and – a true blessing for those desperately in need of a massage – is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and even makes house calls. Heidi Ellison