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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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LES HALLES REHAB GETS GREEN LIGHT

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Artist's rendering of the Les Halles Canopée at night. Studiosezz with I. Tiursic and W. Mile

The center of Paris will soon become a construction site again only 40 years after the 19th-century Les Halles market pavilions designed by Victor Baltard were torn down and replaced by an underground shopping mall topped by what look like cheap upside-down mirrored umbrellas. The €760 million master plan by architect David Mangin has been given the official go-ahead by the Paris Prefect and will now enter the “operational phase,” the mayor’s office announced last week. The plan, referred to as “La Canopée,” calls for a reorganization of the RER and Métro transport hub, a new garden and a transparent roof that will cover the shopping center. The work will begin in September and is expected to take four years. Let’s hope they do better this time around. Click here for more images.