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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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Paris Update Art Notes

ART TREASURE TREKS

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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