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The Louvre lights up. © Paris Update


Paris Update This Week’s Events

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French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Hélène Angel's Primaire. Cinéma Le Brady, Paris, Feb. 24

Virtual reality on show
> Virtuality will host speakers and networking sessions on this hot topice. Centquatre, Paris, Feb. 24-26.

Contemporary textile art
>Miniartextil is an exhibition of new textiles from around the world. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, Feb. 22-March 19.

A barnyard in Paris

> The Salon International de l'Agriculture brings the best of the country's livestock and crops and the products made from them to Paris. Porte de Versailles, Paris, Feb. 25-March 5.

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, March 1-April 13.

Paris semi-marathon
> Starts and ends on the Esplanade du Château de Vincennes, March 5.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Matthew Lancit's Flâneurs (Street Rambles). Cinéma MacMahon, Paris, March 3.

Literary conversations
> The festival New Writings, New Styles brings well-known Irish and French writers together to discuss contemporary literature in the two countries. Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, March 3-4.

Indian film scene
> The festival India Express takes a tour of new and classic films focusing on the subcontinent’s major cities. Forum des Images, Paris, through Feb. 26.

Young European photographers
> The Festival Circulation(s) features emerging photographers. Centquatre, Paris, through March 5.

Frank Capra Retrospective
> The great American director in the spotlight. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 27.


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Two-thirds of the Red team in front of “Eve after the Fall” (1869), by Eugène Delaplanche.

A great way to get museum-averse kids (or adults) to take an art trek is to turn a visit into a treasure hunt. All the preparatory work for the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay has been done by Daisy de Plume, founder of THAT (stands for “Treasure Hunt at ...”), who took a group of us on a sample tour of the Musée d’Orsay the other day. We were split into two teams, the Reds and the Pinks. After reading us the rules – no cheating by checking Wikipedia on cellphones or asking guides for directions; proof of success had to be provided by a photo of two team members in front of the work in question; etc. – de Plume let us loose on our own in the museum with a list of works (with photos and descriptions), which we had to find within a given time. Each one was worth a certain number of points, but more points could be scored by carefully reading the informative text about each work – 50 extra points for being photographed making a frog face in front of “Frog-Man” by Jean Carriès, for example. We Reds were a lackadaisical group, I’m afraid, and spent more time chatting than searching, so we lost out badly to the Pinks, but we did learn quite a lot along the way – that the aforementioned Carriès, for example, may have been high on morphine when he created his “bizarre hybrid man-amphibian sculptures.” The research that has gone into these art treasure tours, which encourage close looking, is impressive. I recommend it as a way to get a good overview of a museum without being overwhelmed by it and to learn something at the same time while keeping the little ones entertained. Heidi Ellison