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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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What Parisians Are Talking About This Week, June 18, 2014

Strikes, the Baccalaureate,
Actors' Livelihoods

Train strike Today is the eighth day of a strike by some 14 percent of French railway workers, the longest action since 2010. They are protesting a proposal to open the SNCF, the French railway network, to competition. For once, French commuters are fed up. Polls show that some three-quarters of the population is against the strike, not the least because because many students are having problems getting to the crucial baccalaureate exams for which they study so hard.

No Festival d'Avignon? The prestigious and popular Avignon theater festival, held in the Provençal city during the month of July, is one of many summer festivals under threat this year from another strike, that of the intermittents du spectacle, or art and entertainment workers, who are upset about another proposal that would change the special unemployment benefits they receive to help compensate for the instability of their work. If the change goes through, will we be seeing more actors working as servers in restaurants? I think I'd rather pay higher taxes to keep them on the stage where they belong and leave restaurant service to the professionals.

Bac leaks Speaking of the baccalaureate exams, leaks on Twitter of the top-secret subjects of some of the exams have led some observers, notably the Nouvel Observateur, to question the value of these exams, which cost the French state €1.5 billion in the smartphone era.

Heidi Ellison

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