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Humor on the hoardings spotted before the first round of the French elections: “John Goodman (Jean Gentilhomme) for President,” the candidate of the “Nice Peoples' Party. That would make a change. © Paris Update

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?

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> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, through May 2.

Retail heaven
> You can buy just about anything at the century-old Foire de Paris, a gigantic pop-up store. Porte de Versailles, Paris. April 27-May 8.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, through April 29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Boukhrief’s La Confession, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 28.

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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Le Louxor

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LOUXOR RISES FROM THE DEAD

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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.