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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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Art - Flash News

 

Linda McCartney: Retrospective 1965-1997

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HOMAGE TO ANOTHER MCCARTNEY

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“Martha My Dear, London, 1968.” © 1968 Paul McCartney/Photographer: Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney may be best known for forming the post-Beatles band Wings with her husband, Paul McCartney, but before she hitched up with him in 1969 she was, as Linda Eastman, a celebrity photographer in her own right, hanging out with the raunchiest rock and pop stars of the Swinging Sixties. A retrospective of more than 200 of her black-and-white and color pictures is now showing at the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, through May 4.

Covering three decades, from 1965 through the year before her death from breast cancer in 1998, it includes intimate backstage portraits of stars like Jimmy Hendrix, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison and Janice Joplin. Another section shows later, more experimental work, while a collection of Polaroid snapshots offers a spontaneous, intimate look at her family life.

The exhibition, essentially an homage to Linda and Paul and the Britain of the 1970s, includes the iconic 1969 photo of the four Beatles crossing Abbey Road in London, the cover image of the group’s last recorded album, even though the picture was taken by Iain Macmillan, based on Paul McCartney’s idea.

Knighted and only slightly portlier now, Sir Paul popped in by private jet for 40 minutes to grace the opening. A heart drawn in the visitors’ book bears witness to the moment. For nostalgic survivors of those nicer naughty times, it’s a show worth seeing, not least as an excuse to visit a charming southern French city known for its fine cuisine (we recommend the restaurant L’Endroit). Claudia Barbieri