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Drawing through the ages

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"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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Lacroix dresses trains

High Speed, High Fashion

Above: relaxing first-class color scheme. Below: more vibrant second-class hues.

April 27, 2005: One endearing thing about the French is the way they have of dressing up public servants, even meter maids, in designer outfits. Air France employees have just donned new uniforms by haute couture designer Christian Lacroix, and the country's trains are also fashion victims. The ubiquitous Lacroix has created the decorative scheme for the interiors of the new TGV (high-speed train) Est line, which will finally provide a long-awaited high-speed connection between Paris, Strasbourg and Nancy. The only problem is that the spiffy new trains, which will be gradually put into service beginning in September, won’t actually be traveling at high speeds until 2007, when the trip from Paris to Strasbourg will be cut from four hours to two hours and 20 minutes, at a speed of 320 kilometers per hour. It may still be a slow journey for the moment, but at least passengers will be traveling in style, with different color schemes to distinguish first and second class: green and gray for the former and plum and red for the latter.

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