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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Stick up for science
> The Paris March for Science begins at 1pm at the Jardin des Plantes (Place Valhubert), April 22.

Silent films from Switzerland?
> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, April 20-May 2.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, April 19-29.

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.

Take home a winemaker
> Winemakers from Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux come to Paris to offer tastings of their products in wine bars and private homes for the event J’Irai Déguster chez Vous. Various venues, Paris, April 20-22.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Bedos’s Monsieur & Madame Adelman preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 21.

Polaroid pix
> The “Expolaroid” exhibition features Polaroid images by nine artists. La Maison des Ensembles, Paris, through April 25.

Binge-watching
> Festival Séries Mania shows TV series from around the world and holds debates, conferences and special guests like Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” all for free. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 23.

Travel yarns
> Travel fanatics get together at the Paris Travelers Festival to swap tales of their adventures. FIAP, Paris, April 22-23.

Street art indoors

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The gallery Art in the Game will be showing works by Felipe Pantone at the Urban Art Fair.> Some 30 galleries show street art at the Urban Art Fair. Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 20-23.

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.

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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Rodolphe Paquin

King of Terrines
Favors Seasonal Cuisine

Paris Update Rodolphe-Paquin Le-Repaire-de-Cartouche

Rodolphe Paquin: rural roots, sophisticated cuisine.

Rodolphe Paquin, 43, a.k.a. “The King of Terrines,” grew up on a Normandy farm, studied hotel management then made his way to Paris where, for 16 years, he has presided over the kitchen of Le Repaire de Cartouche in the 11th arrondissement – to the delight of diners, who for reasonable prices can enjoy creative seasonal cuisine in a friendly ambiance.

Paquin’s rural roots are perhaps most evident in his terrines. His recently published book on the subject, Terrines (Keribus), has already sold out and is on its second print run. But rural does not equal simple – his culinary style is quite sophisticated. In the terrines, for example, ingredients range from sweetbreads and liver to monkfish, sardines, summer vegetables, grouse and pears.

For the last seven years, Paquin has offered an €18, three-course lunch menu that could be one of the best deals in town. He took time out from cooking recently to chat with Meg Bortin of The Everyday French Chef.

For Paris Update, he shared some of his favorite things:

10 Questions for Rodolphe Paquin

What is your favorite...

Dish when dining out?

Pot-au-feu. I don’t make it often at the restaurant because, contrary to popular opinion, it’s rather expensive.

Dish when dining in?

Pasta with eggs and cheese. Kind of like a carbonara minus the cream.

Show?

Le Cirque Eloize. They’re acrobats. I took my daughter to see them, and they were fantastic.

Music?

François Hadji Lazaro. He does punk rock.

Book of the moment?

Actually I prefer reading the magazine Géo.

Vacation destination?

Anywhere, as long as it’s by the sea.

Leisure activity on your day off?

Bike riding and cocktail hour.

Paris restaurant?

Le Repaire de Cartouche, of course! But when I go out, I like Dans les Landes, a bistro on Rue Monge in the fifth.

Paris bar?

Le Bar des Artistes. It’s around the corner on Rue Crussol.

Paris neighborhood?

Along the Seine. I go walking there.

For a full interview with Rodolphe Paquin, go to The Everyday French Chef.

Meg Bortin

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