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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

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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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Homme en Jupe

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WHO WEARS THE SKIRT IN THE FAMILY?

Dominique Moreau, président de Homme en Jupe

Dominique Moreau, president of the association Homme en Jupe.

Men in skirts are becoming an increasingly common sight in Paris, and France even has an association, Homme en Jupe (HeJ), formed in 2007, whose purpose is to promote the garment worn until recently only by women, Scotsmen and Jean Paul Gaultier fans, at least in the Western world. According to HeJ, which produces two comic books featuring male heroes in skirts, “Jupman” and “Sherlock Skirt,” men’s fashion today is extremely impoverished. The group’s manifesto states that anti-male-skirt sentiment is a form of sexism and demonstrates a limited view of masculinity. Another goal is to fight the “often virulent” prejudices against men in skirts. Next thing you know, they’ll be burning their jock straps!