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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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Every Dog Will Have His Daycare

Above: Romeo, a Canicrèche boarder, peeps out of the exercise room. Below: the boutique.

It seems strange that no one has ever done it before in this city where the canine is king, but until the beginning of May, Paris was sans a doggie daycare center. Now a couple of chien lovers, Sophie Kauffmann and her husband Laurent, have opened Canicrèche, a smart boutique and dog-sitting center on the outskirts of the Marais.

Three dog trainers (with diplomas to prove it) take turns walking the dogs and putting them through their paces on the sophisticated “agility” equipment in the gym area. They also play with the dogs and train them in good behavior, as needed, when the pups aren’t dozing in their “bungalows” in the lounge downstairs.

You won’t see the velvet sofas and TV sets found in some American dog-care centers: “We treat dogs like dogs,” says Laurent. They don’t lack for comfort, however, with their cushions, toys and exercise equipment.

The spick-and-span rooms are decorated with imitation antique Parisian street furniture, including street lamps (so far surprisingly pee-free) and fountains, which serve as holders for water bowls.

The colorful boutique sells gourmet dog food and snacks (some of them imported from Italy), leashes, etc. Dog owners can also order portraits of their pets by professional painters or photographers, whose books are on display in the shop.

Canicrèche, whose concept the Kauffmanns are hoping to franchise, offer hourly, daily, weekly and monthly rates.

Canicrèche: 32 rue de Turbigo, 75003. Tel.: 01 42 71 59 09. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Web:

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