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A cormorant stands guard. Photo by Pierre Tran.


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“Les Goufres Amers,” by Cyril Hahn.

French children’s book writer and illustrator Cyril Hahn has turned his attention to a story for adults, The Odyssey, the subject of an intriguing show of his paintings and collages, “Dans les Pas d’Ulysse,” at the Galerie L’Aléatoire (29, rue de Bièvre, 75005 Paris). These charming works are the fruit of an eight-year process of illustrating his obsession with Homer’s story, inspired by his Greek ancestry. The collages incorporate bits of wood, cork, stones and other detritus picked up on his travels, along with handwritten quotations from The Odyssey or lines of poetry. Through February 2015.


C’est Ironique Sign of the Weeque


Spotted by reader John Friedman.

Everyone knows that Donatien Alphonse François “Marky” de Sade was a French author, philosopher, politician and sexual whack job. But what few people know is that he also founded one of France’s oldest bakeries. It’s probably not a good idea to order “hot buns” here.

Special note to the young American tourist whom I overheard last year while strolling through Lacoste, the historic Provençal village and site of the Marquis de Sade’s former château: actually, it’s not pronounced “shah-day.”

David Jaggard

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Paris Update This Week’s Events

For full details about an event, click on its name to visit the official Web site (in English when available).

> African cultural festival; films and concerts in various venues in Paris suburbs, through Dec. 24.

Christmas Markets
> Paris’s biggest Christmas market is on the Champs Elysées between the Rond-Point and the Place de la Concorde, Paris, through Jan. 4, but there are a number of smaller ones on this list.

> A festival of films on a timely subject, including Lars von Trier’s Epidemic and William Friedkin’s Bug. Forum des Images, Paris, through Jan. 25.

Festival d’Automne
> Contemporary arts festival: dance, film, theater and more. Various venues, Paris, through Jan. 26.

Ice-Skating Rinks
> Ice skating in the Grand Palais (Dec. 14-Jan. 4), on the Champs-Elysées (through Jan. 4), at Trocadero (Dec. 12-Jan. 5), at the Hôtel de Ville (Dec. 19-March 4) and, for kids aged 3-16, along with other winter sports, at the Stade Charlety (Dec. 24-Jan. 4).

Noël Gourmand Paris
> Gourmet Christmas food fair. Palais Brogniart, Paris, Dec. 19-22.

Paris Burlesque Festival
> “Burlesque and politics” is the theme of this annual festival. Centre Barbara and La Java, Paris, Dec. 17-21.


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Paris Update The Lowdown

Paris Update is taking its annual end-of-year vacation. The next new issue will appear on January 7, 2014. In the meantime, you'll find many things to do in Paris on the events listing on the home page, as well as numerous exhibition reviews and other entertaining articles on the site, among them David Jaggard’s popular humor columns. If you are looking for a restaurant, check out our listing of favorite restaurants by arrondissement.

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