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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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Only one week left to see “Iconomania” (through March 31) at the Maif Social Club, a new cultural space opened by the Maif insurance company in the Marais. This fascinating exhibition showcases young artists using new technologies to explore the meaning of the image in today’s society. One of the coolest examples is the magical sound installation “Akousmaflore” (2007; pictured above) by Scenocosme (Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt): when visitors touch the leaves of a group of hanging plants, the plants talk back, producing a variety of birdsongs. Another, which reminded me of the Wooly Willy toy on which children use a magnet to draw beards and mustaches on a face, is “Portrait on the Fly” (2016) by Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer: when you stand in front of a white screen, your portrait forms from thousands of “flies.” Free admission. Heidi Ellison

 

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