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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

For full details about an event, click on the title to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

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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Le Louxor




The Egyptian-style cinema is ripe for revival.

The Louxor, one of Paris’s grand old cinemas, built in 1921 with an Egyptian-style décor, has been closed since 1987, but has continued to stand reproachfully in a prominent spot at the corner of the Boulevards Magenta and La Chapelle, begging for restoration as its colorful mosaics were gradually covered up with posters. The city bought the building in 2003, and a plan has finally been announced by Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë to restore and reopen the “palace of cinema” in 2013 with a three-screen art et essai cinema, an exhibition space and a café with terrace. The emphasis will be on films from the “South” – South America, Asia and Africa – to reflect the multiethnic character of the neighborhood. The cinema’s original “neo-Egyptian” décor will be preserved and restored as much as possible. For more details, visit the city’s Web site.