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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

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

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> 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. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

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

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.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

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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Hot Topics - Flash News

 

The end of auto tyranny ?

Mayor Starts Revolution

Will the Marais be free of snarled traffic someday?

March 15, 2005: Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë has changed Paris in a number of small ways since he took office in 2001 - creating Paris Plage and founding La Nuit Blanche, for example - but according to a report published in the Journal du Dimanche on March 13, he is now planning something truly revolutionary: banning tourist buses and the cars of non-residents in four of the city's central arrondissements - the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th - by the year 2012. The plan will be gradually phased in, starting with the closing of the riverside road that has long been a blight on one of the most beautiful sites in Paris. Let's hope the mayor will stick to his guns on this one and resist the powerful pro-car elements. Other cities, even Rome, have survived the banning of vehicles in their centers. Traffic congestion was cited as one reason for Paris's ranking of 31 in a recent survey on the quality of life in the world's largest cities, conducted by Mercer Consulting.

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