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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 - Temporary Exhibitions

 

Paris Update Exhibition Notes

17TH-CENTURY GENIUS ON SHOW

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Portrait of Pascal (1677-81) by Jean Domat.

“Pascal, le Cœur et la Raison,” at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (François Mitterrand), may not be the sexiest exhibition currently on show in Paris, but it is definitely worth visiting before it closes on Jan. 29. Devoted to the mathematician, scientist, polemicist and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-62), this intelligently curated display covers all aspects of this remarkable man’s life and is dominated, as one might expect, by books and manuscripts. As a specialist in Pascal, I was particularly thrilled to see the original manuscript of his unfinished masterpiece, the Pensées, but there is also a wealth of other material, including portraits, paintings, etchings on religious subjects by Rembrandt (somewhat irrelevantly), brilliant interactive exhibits and one of the actual calculating machines invented by Pascal,

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The "Pascaline" calculating machine.

together with a fascinating video demonstration of how the machine works. Unfortunately, the exhibition caters only to French speakers; anglophones with little or no French will struggle with it. The show’s catalogue, by the way, is excellent. Nick Hammond