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The view from the Théâtre de l"Odéon at dusk. Photo: Françoise Deberdt-Meunier

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Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Left Bank gallery crawl
> Open house at 50 galleries for Art Saint Germain des Prés. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Gold in galleries

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“Passage” ((2017), by Aude Herlédan. At 1831 Art Gallery during Carré Rive Gauche.

> The Carré Rive Gauche, an association of Left Bank galleries, celebrates its 40th anniversary with an event called ExtrORdinaire, featuring gold in works of art. Various venues, Paris, May 18-June 3.

Literary evening
> The Nuit de la Littérature in Belleville and Ménilmontant presents 20 foreign authors reading their work in French. Various venues, Paris, May 27.

 English-language theater festival
> Paris Fringe returns for its second year of English-language theater and comedy. Various venues, Paris, May 18-28.

Hollywood glam
> Marilyn Monroe, Greta Garbo, Ava Gardner, Marlene Dietrich and more in classic films from Hollywood's Golden Age for the Glamour cycle. Forum des Images, Paris, May 3-31.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Etienne Comar’s Django, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, May 26.

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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Restaurants

 

Rodolphe Paquin

King of Terrines
Favors Seasonal Cuisine

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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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