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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

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> 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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Paris Update What’s New in Paris

CROWN JEWELS OR FANCY MINERALS?

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The Minerology Museum and some royal emeralds.

The best of what’s left of the French Crown Jewels – most of which were sold off by the Third Republic in the late 19th century to mark the end of empire – can be seen in the Louvre, but some of them were distributed to two other French museums: the National Museum of Natural History and the Musée de Minéralogie (60, boulevard Saint Michel, 75006 Paris). The latter, hidden away in the Ecole des Mines (France’s elite engineering school), has created a new display for its royal gems. Visitors who expect elaborate crowns, necklaces, etc. (those can be found at the Louvre) will be disappointed: the Minerology Museum’s beautifully cut amethysts, topazes and emeralds have lost their settings and are displayed on their own. Never mind, this wonderfully old-fashioned and more-or-less forgotten museum offers a nostalgic journey back to school trips with its wood-and-glass cases filled with marvelous rocks. Heidi Ellison